EXCLUSIVE: Stanley Hunter Interview

The past few weeks have been very difficult for one of Clemson's top defensive recruits in the 2007 recruiting class, Stanley Hunter. In an exclusive interview with CUTigers.com, Hunter talks about just how close he came to qualifying and what's in store for him next.

Thanks to his faith and strong support from the Clemson coaching staff and several Clemson freshmen, Hunter now is focused on a path that will lead to his enrollment at Clemson in January.

However his dream of playing football at Clemson wasn't supposed to turn out this way.

After signing with Clemson in February, Hunter had planned to be working hard on the practice fields with new teammates in July, but after scoring a few points short on the SAT, he has been forced to postpone his Clemson career.

"First, I want everyone to know it was my fault," he said. "I didn't take my SAT as much as I should. Most people take it two times in their junior year and two more in their senior year. I only took it twice in my senior year. I took my second SAT in June, the last time it was offered. I came up just short when I got the score back.

"I looked at all kinds of options with coach Blackwell. We talked about prep schools and JUCO. JUCO didn't make sense because all I need it to get my score up just a little. The coaches helped me by trying to find a prep school that was close to home. They found me a place at Hargrave, but I couldn't get a scholarship and it costs a lot for just a few months.

"So I am going to have an SAT tutor two days a week now. I am also going to take an English class and a Math class at Spartanburg Tech. I am doing that on my own so that I can stay in a school setting. I don't need the classes to qualify; I just need the test score. I should be able to transfer those classes when I start at Clemson in January."

The former Shrine Bowl standout will not only be working on his test score, but he will also be working hard to be in great shape when he arrives on campus in January.

"I am done with the crying. I was worried that I wouldn't get to have my dream and play for Clemson. I am very religious person. Everything happens for a purpose. It is all in his plan," said Hunter.
"I am just going to keep lifting and running at the YMCA. I am running with a couple of guys that graduated before me at Byrnes. I am also working out with the strength coach at Byrnes," said Hunter.

Although he has already received calls from coaches wanting him to play elsewhere, Tiger fans have no need to worry.

"I am still committed to Clemson. I want to be a Tiger. If it's not the Clemson area code I don't even answer my phone any more," replied Hunter.

Hunter's faith has helped him over the past few weeks.

"I am done with the crying. I was worried that I wouldn't get to have my dream and play for Clemson. I am very religious person. Everything happens for a purpose. It is all in his plan," said Hunter.

The future Tiger defender is also very appreciative of the support he received from the Clemson staff during this difficult process.

"Coach Blackwell and I are like brothers," he said. "We are so close. I appreciate him so much," he said. "He kept calling me asking how I was doing, He would check to see how my family was doing. That meant so much."

The former Byrnes standout has also received great support from his former high school teammates and several other members of the 2007 class.

"I plan to be at the games this fall. I want to see Willy, X, Chad, Scotty and the others. They talked to me earlier today. Me and Scotty kind of look alike. When we took our officials we told everyone we were twins and they believed us. We all got real close. We were all together in the Shrine Bowl. We would always call Scotty, Marcus and Markish. Scotty sent me a good report today via email. They know I want to be there bad. I told them I will be up there in January," said Hunter.

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