LB Jeremiha Hunter: Winners In Front Again

<p>A few months back, Keystone state linebacker <strong>Jeremiha Hunter</strong> made no secret of the fact that the Michigan Wolverines were the early leader for his services. Have a few recent trips to other schools changed that?'s <strong>Allen Wallace</strong> finds out.</p>

Pennsylvania linebacker Jeremiha Hunter (6-2, 210, 4.5) says Michigan leads slightly over West Virginia, Ohio State, Purdue and Iowa. The Hawkeyes have not offered.

"I'd say at this point Michigan is my leader, but they've only got a slight lead over the other schools in my top five," says Hunter, from Manheim Central High School.

"They've got a great winning history and a great tradition there. I also really like the coaches. I'd spoken with coach (Bill) Sheridan (defensive line) before he took off for the New York Giants, and coach (Lloyd) Carr seems like a great guy. My dad has spoken with him also. He seems real laid back and like an all-around great coach.

"They've been strong at the linebacker spot for the last couple of years now, but I feel that I could go in there and further improve their situation and just change some things around.

"West Virginia was my favorite team growing up as a kid," says Hunter. "I guess it's a childhood thing that I've got with them. I know they've got a lot of good players to compete with over there.

"Purdue was the first school to offer me. What can you really say about them? Well they recently sent nine guys to the NFL draft. They've got some outstanding linebackers there now and they've got a great defense almost every year.

"I haven't been in contact with the coaches at Iowa, but I'm really interested in them. I could really see myself playing for a program like theirs too," he says.

Hunter has taken in JR Days at Virginia and North Carolina.

He has no plans for summer combines or camps.

"I won't make my decision until after my senior year. I won't be making it on Signing Day, not until later."

He also claims between 25-30 offers including Notre Dame, Florida, Connecticut, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wisconsin, Penn State, Pittsburgh and North Carolina.

"I've got great athleticism at outside linebacker. It's hard to block me with all of my speed and agility. I can drop back fast, make quick reads and solid tackles. I also force a lot of turnovers.

"I want to work on my high knee action at running back and break tackles better too. I also want to work on driving my feet more when I make tackles."

Final JR (13-2) stats: 1100 yds rush/24 TDs; 143 tackles/10 TFL/5 sacks/5 INT-2 TDs

3.2 GPA/May 7 first-time SAT

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