With over thirty offers and counting, Manheim Central linebacker Jeremiha Hunter is one of the more heavily recruited prospects in the country. Though he has been plagued by an arm injury that required reparative surgery, the interest in him has not waned. The athletic linebacker has had to stay away from contact during the spring combines, but things are about to change on that front.
"I had another surgery May 5th," Hunter said. "They put plates and pins and stuff in it. It's coming along very good though. I should be able to get back into things in July. I should be good by football season."
In the meantime, Hunter may hit a few summer camps, but no definitive plans have been made. "I'm not sure on camping plans right now," he said. "I may take a few unofficial visits to some schools, but it depends on where I vacation at this year. Wherever I vacation at…if a school is in that area, I'll probably stop by."
Hunter stopped by Michigan's football camp last year, and of all the schools courting him, the Wolverines stuck out at early as his prohibitive favorite. That, however, is no longer the case.
"I'm still considering Michigan, but they kind of fell back a little bit recruiting wise," Hunter said. "They aren't coming after me as hard with the new staff there. The recruiter that was recruiting my area…he left. I don't have anything against Michigan, but it just feels a little different."
Hunter indicated that the Penn State Nittany Lions are recruiting him the hardest, but that he no longer has a favorite or top five. He listed Florida, Tennessee, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Connecticut, and Notre Dame as the schools he is considering most seriously at this point.
When it comes time to make his decision on which program to attend, Hunter has a list of criteria that will help him make that choice. "Little stuff like tradition, history, and a coaching staff that I can interact with on and off of the field," Hunter said. I'll look at what their plans are for me and how I fit into the program. I'll also pay attention to the team they have and the recruits they have coming in."
For the time being, though, Hunter is wide open and does not plan on picking a school anytime soon. "I'm probably going to decide after my senior season," he said. "I'm definitely going to take all five official visits."