When the 2010 signing period ended in February, Chuck Hunter had not picked up any scholarship offers.
Two months later, the landscape of the 5-foot-11, 290-pound prospect’s recruitment has changed for the better.
“I went from having no offers to picking up five in a really short amount of time,” Hunter said. “Ole Miss, Mississippi State, TCU, Baylor and Memphis have all sent official scholarship papers. It’s a great feeling, and now I just have to hope things continue to roll for me.”
The latest offer, which came from the Horned Frogs, was extended after Hunter made the trek across the Texas border.
“I went and saw Forth Worth the same weekend as LSU’s Spring Game,” he said. “I figured that there would be hundreds of prospects in Baton Rouge that day, and the TCU staff had invited me to a private junior day weekend with only a select few guys. It was something special for me, so I made the visit and really enjoyed it.
“The city of Forth Worth is nice, and the campus has a small feel to it, which is pretty different from LSU and the things I am used to,” he added. “It was a new experience, but a good one.”
The scholarship from Mississippi State also came on a college visit.
“I went to a junior day in Starkville, and they offered when I was on campus,” Hunter said. “That was the first SEC offer, so it really stood out. The Ole Miss and Baylor offers then came in on the same day. From there, things have just fallen my way.”
While mail still comes frequently from the likes of Nebraska, Oregon and Michigan, the West Monroe standout is holding out hope for a scholarship from the in-state Tigers.
“LSU is the school I wanted to suit up for before the process started, and that hasn’t changed even though they have not offered yet,” Hunter said. “The coaches have been sending letters all the time. I feel like my junior year proved that I am one of the best tackles in the state, but I will show them this spring and again at camp this summer.”
While the quota from Miles for defensive tackles in the 2011 class is unknown, Hunter envisions a day when he and two close friends can suit up together in Tiger Stadium.
“Anthony Johnson and Mickey Johnson are probably the other top tackles in Louisiana, so it would be cool to have all three of us together in college,” he said. “Mickey and I are like brothers. It’s something we would have a hard time passing on.”
Will the staff pull the trigger over the spring evaluation period, or will Hunter’s status with the Tigers stay unknown through the summer and into the fall?
While he doesn’t have the answers, Hunter is not stopping his work to wait around. Until his senior campaign at West Monroe starts up next fall, Hunter will be doing all he can to get his body into the shape needed to make the college jump.
“I am working with a personal trainer with CES Fitness, and I have been feeling a whole lot faster,” he said. “I think I run a solid 4.9 now. I have gotten stronger, also. When the spring game comes we will see if I can shine and show off a little of my new look.”