Senior Spotlight: Matt Hungate

Matt Hungate stars for Morton High School in Illinois. The defensive end is starting to get noticed this summer.

Matt Hungate

Matt Hungate knows it takes hard work, even in the offseason, to get noticed. Last summer, he was named the D-line MVP at a NUC combine in Iowa.

The 6'4" 235 pound defensive end helped out on offense as a tight end his junior season. In 2011, the senior says he will move over to offensive tackle.

"We're short on offensive tackles this year," explained Hungate, who played the position as a freshman. "I'm open to anything. I want to step up for my team."

Morton finished 7-3 last season and lost in the first round of the playoffs under first year Head Coach Jason Thiry. Hungate led the team with two sacks. He also had nine tackles for loss that added up to a negative 38 yards.

Hungate hit the camp circuit hard this summer. "I'm going to Illinois State this weekend," he said. "I've already been to Central Michigan, Northwestern, Dartmouth, Brown, Harvard, and I'm going to North Dakota State later this month."

Hungate also camped at Duke. "I pulled my hamstring on the first 40," he admitted. "I was pretty disappointed, but I still participated in half the drills. They have an offer out to another tight end right now, but I'm high on their board."

Central Michigan is also showing a lot of interest in Hungate, as an offensive tackle. "They think I can get up to 280 or 285 pounds and play offensive line. They want to see my film after the first three games," added Hungate.

Matt Hungate is taking everything one day at a time. "I'm open to everything, he said. "I want to hear what the coaches say and check out the facilities."

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