Local athlete wouldn't mind staying home

Keeping the best talent at home is important for Memphis new Head Football Coach Justin Fuente. One of those athletes that has a lot of interest in the Tigers is Whitehaven's Vincent Hunter. Go "Inside" to what Hunter thinks of Memphis and what connections he has to the Memphis program. For the best recruiting coverage of the Tigers at the best price, TigerAuthority.com is your best option.

For new Memphis Head Football Coach Justin Fuente he is in charge of changing the culture and future for the Tiger Football program.

Fuente, known as an outstanding recruiter, realizes the best way to do that is to recruit Memphis and keep the best athletes that the city has to offer at home playing for its hometown team.

One of those top athletes is Whitehaven's offensive lineman Vincent Hunter.

Hunter, a 6-foot-3, 325-pound guard, will be a three year starter for Whitehaven's Head Football Coach Rodney Saulsberry.

Hunter helped lead his Whitehaven team to a 14-1 record last season, before falling in the state championship game against Maryville.

TigerAuthority.com caught up with Hunter Tuesday night to get his thoughts on his home town Tigers.

"I really like their new coaching staff," Hunter said. "We have some guys on the current team from Whitehaven. They are telling us how great the new coaches are and how different they are from the old staff."

Hunter got the chance to visit with Coach Fuente during the Tiger's Junior Day and was impressed with the new Head Coach for the Tigers.

"He really wants to change the program at Memphis," Hunter said. "To a program that the entire city can be proud of. Playing at Memphis would give me a good chance of playing early and representing my home town in front of my friends and family."

Family is important to Hunter, and one member of his family is a former Memphis Tiger. Former Memphis Tiger Basketball standout Cedric Henderson is his uncle and played at Memphis before playing in the NBA for Cleveland.

"I grew up a Memphis fan," Hunter said. "It would be cool to play for the same school my uncle did."

According to Hunter, Fuente definitely wants the talented lineman as part of the Tiger family.

"He really wants me to be a part of what he is building here at Memphis," Hunter said. "He is really a nice guy. He is really excited about being the head coach at Memphis."

Hunter currently has offers from Memphis and Arkansas. While it's early in the recruiting process, it appears that the talented lineman has a favorite.

"I would love to stay home," Hunter said. "This is where my roots are from. I would love to play for my hometown team."

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