Chuck Hunter has suited up alongside the likes of KeKe Mingo and Jordan Allen, the former already on the Tiger roster and the latter a recent signee.
While Hunter has big aspirations for what the West Monroe Rebels can accomplish during his senior run, playing without his former defensive line threats has the 6-foot-1, 290-pound tackle down – at least for the time being.
“I am really going to miss those guys, because I got used to not just playing with them but working out alongside them and becoming great friends off the field,” Hunter said. “It hurts to see them go, but I hope to join them soon.”
No secret to anyone familiar with West Monroe and head coach Don Shows’ program, being a Rebel means – one day – turning into a Tiger.
“The question always comes up with my friends, and I always let them know that LSU is where I have loved since I was kid,” Hunter said. “I would love to stay home and let everyone see me play, but we will see how the offers play out.”
So far, Hunter has not picked up any scholarship offers. However, invites to junior day activities across the country have his calendar stacked.
“I was invited to LSU, Mississippi State, Nebraska and some others,” he said. “I will definitely be down at LSU if my schedule is free. I am headed to Mississippi State’s deal this weekend.”
In the classroom, however, is where Hunter said his focus remains.
“I might be going to some summer schools courses to boost my GPA,” Hunter said. “I want to take English 4, just so that I can go ahead and get that out of the way. I am trying to get some extra tutoring set up as well, so I should be on top of everything.”
While listed as a defensive tackle, a move by Shows could put Hunter on the outside for his final season.
“When Jordan [Allen] would need breaks or when he got hurt, I played off the end and became even more effective,” Hunter said. “It’s impossible to really double-team me outside.”
Hunter finished his junior season with 65 total stops, averaging 4.6 per game.