After hauling in 77 passes for 1,100 yards and 16 touchdowns this past year, one would think WR Reynaldo Hunter should have had nothing to prove as he prepared for this past weekend's Shrine Bowl. However, possibly due in part to a personal tragedy, Hunter approached his opportunity in the all-star event as a showcase of sorts and he came away with a solid performance.
While most analysts raved about the skilled athletes from North Carolina, it was the Sandlappers that displayed the offensive fireworks. Hunter played a major role at wide-out for South Carolina- scoring on a 16-yard end around while hauling in two passes for 35 yards. The all-region performer told Pack Pride that he enjoyed the opportunity to match his talents against many of the area's top prospects.
"I matched up pretty good with the rest of the receivers and the defensive backs," said Hunter. "It's a lot of athletes out here, a lot of competition, but I felt I fit in with everybody. And just coming out and practicing two times a day with guys at an elite level just makes you better as a player."
His effort in the Shrine Bowl was especially important to Hunter as he still adjusts to the loss of his father last month. Because of the upheaval in his life, the speedy receiver lost touch with some colleges- including NC State. However, Hunter has been a huge Pack fan throughout the year and would still love for things to work out to give him a chance to suit up for the Wolfpack.
"It's just something about the program that I like," said Hunter. "You know, red and white, that's always been my colors. So it's something about them uniforms and something about that program that makes me just click to them."
Despite his interest in the Wolfpack, Hunter added that he hasn't heard from the NC State coaches in some time.
"Something happened to me about a month ago and we lost connection," said Hunter. "I've just been in and out so I haven't had time to get back in touch with them, so, I don't know right now."
With the chances of Hunter lining up with the Pack appearing to grow slimmer and slimmer each day, Hunter has now shifted his focus to two schools with hopes that his performance in Spartanburg may get him a look from some additional colleges.
"Right now the most interest is coming from UNC and Appalachian State," said Hunter. "I'm going to wait and see what happens after the Shrine Bowl to see who jumps on me and just go from there. I'm planning to make an official visit to Appalachian State on Jan 21 and UNC on Jan 28."