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Walnut standout wide receiver Monterio Hunt verbal pledges to wear the Maroon and White.

While it may have come as no surprise, the news of Monterio Hunt's commitment to Mississippi State was welcomed by the Bulldog fanbase. A multi-generational legacy to Mississippi State, Hunt has grown up hearing stories of great gridiron feats of the Maroon and White. Now, the Walnut High product will get to make some stories of his own.

"I am not going to lie about it, I couldn't hardly keep my focus at school today." Monterio Hunt said. "I have been thinking about committing all day. Once I got out of school today, I made the call and committed. 

"Now that I have done it, I am just so relieved. It's a big weight off of my shoulders."

Hunt took an unofficial visit to Mississippi State last week and it appears that trip to Starkville to see the Bulldogs practice gave the talented wide out the motivation he needed to accept a scholarship offer from Coach Dan Mullen and his staff.

"I have been over there for other practices, but this one was probably the best practice I have attended," Hunt said. "All of the coaches and all of the players just made me feel like family. I have been thinking about that ever since I left. 

"I just enjoyed the practice and being around everybody. The players made me feel like I was already one of them. I could tell that Mississippi State really wanted me."

One of the central figures in Hunt's recruitment by the Bulldogs is wide receiver coach Billy Gonzales. It appears that the two have become fast friends in recent weeks.

"Coach G is my man," Hunt said with a laugh. "I have a great relationship with him and he has coached some great receivers. I am excited about playing for him."

Hunt claims a Bulldog birthright as the grandson of former Mississippi State player Larry Gillard and as the nephew of Bulldog great Michael Haddix. While other schools recruited the 6-1, 185 receiver, the Bulldogs were always considered the team to beat.

"I have had three family members go to Mississippi State," Hunt said. "They all told me that they would love for me to go to Mississippi State, but that they would have supported me no matter what I decided. I know that everybody is excited for me though.

"I am excited and relieved at the same time. I am glad to have it over with and have everything settled now."

Hunt missed several games as a junior due to a broken leg. Now back to 100%, Hunt is ready to make up for lost time. The Wildcats missed him down the stretch, but were able to post a 9-3 record. Walnut lost in the first round of the state playoffs. A talented senior class led by Hunt hopes to make their final high school season their best one.

The state of Mississippi has some talented wide receivers for the 2017 signing class and Hunt is certainly one of them. A skilled pass catcher, Hunt excels making grabs in traffic. Even in coverage, Hunt has the ball skills and the desire to go make a play for his quarterback.

The staff at Walnut likes to move Hunt around. He can line up out wide or in the slot where he sometimes becomes a component in the Wildcat rushing attack. Hunt's coaches use him in a variety of ways to maximize his touches and his impact on the game.

Hunt is the first wide receiver in the 2017 class for Mississippi State and the second rising senior from the Magnolia State joining Callaway cornerback Emanuel Dabney. The Bulldogs currently hold seven pledges for the up coming class, but the number is expected to grow over the course of the next few weeks. The Bulldogs were the first program to extend an offer to Hunt who is currently rated as a three star receiver and considered one of the top pass catchers in his home state.

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