Tigers Now have Big Lead for LB

One of the top linebackers in South Carolina isn't ready to go on the record with a verbal commitment, but the Tigers have built a big lead that will be hard for another school to overcome. CUTigers.com has all the details in this recruiting update.

Stanley Hunter, a 6-0, 205 pound linebacker prospect out of Byrnes High School may not ready to go on the record with a verbal commitment just yet, but he is ready to name a clear leader entering the end of his junior year.

"Right now I have not made a commitment yet. I still have the same offers. Clemson and North Carolina have offered. Georgia is also showing a lot of interest," he said. "But I will definitely say Clemson is at the top of my list. I couldn't say that a few weeks ago, but I will definitely say that now."

The talented defender could go on record with a commitment in the next few months. "I really can't say when I will commit. I can say that maybe sometime over the summer. I might be ready by the end of May or early June when we get out of school," Hunter said.

The lure of playing with 5-star teammate Willy Korn at Clemson is a huge factor in the Tiger's favor.

"Of course I would like to play with him," he said. "He is an amazing player. He is also an amazing person. We are best friends. We do everything together. I just go through talking with him a few hours ago. Everyone is like family at Byrnes, but especially my relationship with Willy. It would be nothing but great to go to Clemson with him.

"Georgia is recruiting me really hard right now, but Clemson seems like the place for me. Willy is a big part of that."

The Palmetto standout attended the Orange and White game with Korn earlier this month. "I enjoyed it. I can see myself in that defense definitely," he said.

Of course, Hunter plays for one of the top high school football programs in the country under direction of head coach Bobby Bentley at Byrnes High School. The Rebels have won four state championships in a row and Hunter says his team is already focused on winning another state title.

"We haven't started official (spring) practices yet but we are working hard," he said. "We are just doing the motions with a lot of intensity. Our defense is going to be good, especially in the box. Our secondary needs some work, but they will be fine."

Hunter is also excited about the chance to play Glades Central from Florida on ESPN in August. "Oh my goodness, it is a blessing. It is a compliment to the whole program and the coaches. They are a great team. We have been watching some film," he said.

Finally, the Byrnes standout will be visiting Clemson again in May. "Yeah I am coming up to the Nike camp at Clemson. Willy and I are going to go down there together," Hunter added.

Hunter with Willy Korn at the Orange & White game earlier this month.

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