GBW first heard the name Jeremiha Hunter (that's the correct spelling) after last summer's Michigan summer football camp, where he was the fastest linebacker in attendance. The then sophomore was just coming off a fantastic season for Manheim Central where he rushed for over 1000 yards at running back on offense and was an imposing force from his linebacker position on defense. His efforts during that campaign garnered second team all-state recognition by the Philadelphia Enquirer.
Hunter followed that performance up with an even better junior season. With listed stats of 143 tackles, 4 interceptions (2 of which were returned for touchdowns), 5 sacks, and over 1000 yards rushing and 22 touchdowns … he helped lead Manheim back to the state finals. Unfortunately a broken arm he sustained in the semi-finals kept him out of the championship contest, which his squad lost to Thomas Jefferson 56-20.
At the Army All-American combine last weekend Hunter wore a protective apparatus over his arm, but mentioned that, even though the arm was still sore when he bumbed it into something, he is doing just fine. "My arm is okay," Hunter told GoBlueWolverine. "It should heal back strong." Despite limiting the activities he participated in because of his arm, he still showed very well. He displayed excellent quickness and also turned in an electronic timed 4.7 40. His measured height/weight were 6-1 7/8, 199 lbs.
Though he is an accomplished running back in high school and could surely play that position at the next level, the two-way athlete chose to work out at linebacker at the combine since that is where most schools are looking at him. "If that's where they are recruiting me, I have to keep working on it," Hunter said.
The Wolverines were one of the schools to take early notice of Jeremiha's abilities on the defensive side of the ball and have already extended an offer to him as a linebacker. According to Jeremiha, a host of other programs have done the same. "I also have offers from Ohio State, Purdue, Pitt, Penn State, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina and others that I can't remember off of the top of my head."
When asked if he had a list of top schools, Hunter answer was very matter of fact. "Michigan is my top school … my top choice so far," the eastern Pennsylvania star said. "I can't really say anything other than that."
Michigan assistant Bill Sheridan has already been in to see Hunter and Head Coach Lloyd Carr is slated to be in as well. While the Wolverines may sit on a perch as Hunter's early leader, he is not ready to make a decision. "I've got other schools lined up," Hunter said. "I want to get it done after my senior year. My dad is going to help me all that."
After having camped at Michigan and Ohio State last year, Jeremiha's summer
plans this year are uncertain, though unofficial visits to a number of schools
is likely. Stay tuned to GBW for more on Hunter in the coming months.
Photos by Don Hoekwater / GoBlueWolverine.com Staff