West Monroe's Hunter Next in Line

Louisiana's 2011 talent crop could be the most talented in the country. Chuck Hunter, a junior defensive tackle at West Monroe, is a big part of that.

The pipeline from West Monroe to LSU is something most Tiger fans, and assumingly Tiger coaches, want to keep flowing for as long as possible.

With the 2009 signing class, LSU head coach Les Miles added a pair of Rebel teammates in KeKe Mingo and Tyler Glenn. For 2010, four-star defensive end Jordan Allen has given the program his verbal commitment – and begun his work to keep future West Monroe talent in purple and gold.

This past weekend, Allen made the trip to Baton Rouge to taste his first game in Tiger Stadium as part of the LSU program. In the student section decked in gold, Allen waved his hat on kickoffs and his screams matched the masses. As close friend and teammate Chuck Hunter looked on, he understood why so many Rebels wanted to end up a part of LSU’s program.

“There is a passion with the team, the stadium and all the fans that is just awesome,” Hunter said. “The weather was kind of bad, but everyone was loud and jumped around the whole time. Jordan and I were definitely having some fun.”

Before the game, Hunter both relaxed in the Lawton Room with recruits and ventured off to take in the sights of the Tiger tailgaters. After the LSU win, however, things got more personal.

“I was able to talk to some coaches for just a bit after the game, and they seemed happy to see me,” Hunter said. “They asked me if I enjoyed the game and stuff like that. I told them it was a great experience for me, and I would be back.

“After that, we headed back to the apartments where the team lives and we hung around,” he added. “Jordan and I mostly just chilled with KeKe and Tyler, and they told us about how much they love it down in Baton Rouge and that they wanted us both to be a part of it.”

West Monroe head coach Don Shows, who has his team prepped for another run at the 5A State Championship game in New Orleans, said the Hunter would fit nicely in the Tigers’ long line of dominant run defenders.

“Chucky reminds me a lot of a certain defensive tackle that played at LSU just a couple of years ago,” Shows said, referring to Glenn Dorsey. “He has great instinct at the nose tackle. He can read well and he runs to the football. People just have a really hard time blocking him.”

Yet, with two seasons of prep ball to play, improvement is still needed.

“The only problem would be that he takes plays off,” Shows said. “He might go three or four plays and really get after it, then he will take a breather. He will get older and mature and grow past that.”

At 6-foot-1, 295-pounds, Hunter has the frame to go along with the talent – which means that offers from college coaches are right around the corner.

Shows said that there is little doubt that Hunter is “D-I” talent. At the same time, if a certain in-state university offered, there would be little doubt as to where Hunter would end up.

“I think if LSU offered, he would commit,” Shows said.

Hunter, who said that he would like to remain open with his options, admitted that a scholarship from the Tigers would leave him in a tough spot.

“I have always been told to look around and see all your options, but if LSU called me up and said they wanted me, that would be hard to just turn down,” Hunter said. “LSU is definitely out front, but without any offers yet I just need to keep playing hard and see what becomes available.”

In Friday’s home opener against Neville, Hunter recorded six tackles with two sacks. He has 11 tackles and four sacks in two games.

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