Keeping the dominoes rolling in 2010, Justin Hunter (6-4, 180, 4.49) of Virginia Beach (Va.) Ocean Lakes dialed up LSU head coach Les Miles Sunday evening to add number nine to the board.
“I just had been thinking about committing since I left town,” he said. “The trip is what sold it for me.”
Meeting the coaches face to face, Hunter said, was all that he needed to see from the LSU side to know that the decision was the right one.
“The environment that LSU has because of the coaching staff is amazing,” he said. “They are true contenders because of those guys, and I want to be a part of something like that.”
Recruited to the Tigers by wide receivers coach DJ McCarthy, Hunter said that the coming years should see their relationship flourish.
“Coach Mac is another big reason that I committed, because he is a really cool guy,” he said. “We got along really well, and I just kept thinking about what it would be like to develop under him.
“[McCarthy] said that I can be a really good receiver, and possibly make an impact early,” he said. “The staff sees me going down the field like Terrance Tolliver will be doing for them this season, so I liked that.”
After the nation’s No. 58-ranked wide receiver prospect returned to Virginia Beach from his trek to the Tiger campus, Hunter said that he would have to talk the decision to commit over with his mother.
How did Ms. Hunter take to the Mother’s Day news of her son going out-of-state for college?
“She is going to miss me, that’s for sure,” he said with a laugh. “I think it will all be okay though, because coach Miles told her that he would take care of me.
“He said that the academic center will have me on point, so I won’t have much time to get into anything else,” he continued.”
Another bonus for Hunter, one of the best high school track and field jumpers in the entire country with a personal best of 6-10 in the high jump, was the Tiger track team.
“Coach Shaver was a big impact on me when I came for my visit to LSU, and he really opened me up to the fact that LSU is a school that has a winning tradition in track and field,” he said. “The program impressed me, so I would definitely say it was an added bonus.”
Yet, while he has been high on the program for much of his recruitment, Hunter said that this morning was the first time he had woken up and known the answer to the ultimate question.
“When I had gotten back from Baton Rouge my brother told me to just sit back and think about it,” he said. “Some time went by and I let things settle, but this morning I woke up and could not stop thinking about it. I decided it was time, so I called coach Miles up and he accepted the commitment on the spot.
“There was no hesitation in his voice,” he laughed. “He told me he was super happy, and he said that he wanted me to be in touch this week. I just let him know that my recruitment is said and done. No more visits for me, and I am just ready to be a Tiger.”
Hunter tallied 34 catches for 536 yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior.