Cards first to offer '17 RB Reginald Hunter

The Pascagoula, Miss., prospect Reginald Hunter was a standout performer at a recent U of L camp and that effort was rewarding with a scholarship offer on Thursday. Hunter, a cousin of Cardinals freshman receiver Jaylen Smith, provides Cardinal Authority with his reaction.

A trip to Louisville to participate in one of Bobby Petrino's camps has resulted in a scholarship offer for Passcagoula, Miss., 2017 running back Reginald Hunter.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound prospect was standout throughout the camp on June 13, catching the attention of Cardinals running backs coach Kolby Smith.

"Camp went great for me," he said. "The coaches had great feedback and I learned a lot from the camp. The running back coach really liked me and he liked my skills."

A cousin with U of L freshman wide receiver Jaylen Smith, Hunter's interest in the Cardinals program was high prior to coming to camp. Smith, along with freshman quarterback Lamar Jackson, were among those at the Trager Indoor Facility watching Hunter's efforts.

"I really like Louisville," he explained. "I would really love to take my talent to Louisville. What I like about Louisville is that everyone seems to be friendly up there and I think they can use my talent."

The Louisville offer is the first for Hunter, who also reports that "no one else is showing interest as of right now." It came during a conversation with U of L assistant and recent Pascagoula Hall of Fame inductee Terrell Buckley on Thursday evening.

"It feels good," he told Cardinal Authority.

Among the first that Hunter informed was his cousin at Louisville.

"Jaylen told me congrats and said, 'this is just the beginning.'"

Despite missing four games as a sophomore, Hunter rushed for 554 yards on 81 carries as a sophomore.

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