In football, few things will get you noticed quicker than blazing speed and that's just what Edison High School linebacker Dwight Hunt from Miami, Fla. has plenty of. The rising senior blistered the field at the Nike Camp held in Miami when he ripped off a 4.4-second 40-yard dash which was tops among linebackers at the event. That has helped earn him interest from a number of division one schools.
In 2005, Hunt put together a solid junior season. On the year he collected 70 tackles, including 15 tackles for loss and two sacks en route to being named All-Dade honorable mention. At 5-11, 205 pounds, Hunt isn't the biggest ‘backer around but he recently told Pack Pride he more than makes up for that with his impressive quickness.
"I'm always pursuing," said Hunt. "At the same time, I don't over-pursue either. My speed is my best ability because I know that's the thing I need the most when I'm out there. I've been working on little things like my shuttle and stuff like that because nobody's perfect and I know I still have room to improve."
Even while he works to get better, several teams have already taken a keen interest in the south Florida star's ability.
"So far, Memphis, Rutgers, Baylor, Wisconsin and Connecticut have offered me," said Hunt. "Clemson is talking to me a lot and they seem like they're real close too."
Although his recruiting is still developing, Hunt said that four schools have emerged atop his list of favorites.
"Right now my top four are Memphis, NC State, Clemson and Rutgers," he said.
Hunt talked briefly about each.
Memphis: "I've been hearing from their coaches a lot, really, more than any other team. I really like the way they run their defense and they think I could come in there and start. They let me know they like me a lot.
NC State: "What's not to like about NC State? You see they had all those guys in the draft and you know they must be doing something right. They've got great defensive coaches and it's a very good place to go. They've got high standards there.
Clemson: "I've got two cousins that go there (Demerick and Chris Chancellor) and they were telling me they like it and they've got good competition up there. They run a 4-3 and their defense always does well. I think if I went up there I'd have a chance to play early.
Rutgers: "I went to their camp and they're really building up their team. I talked to the coach and he was showing me what kind of defense they run. Two of our people committed there last year."
Hunt admits that he's a ways off from making a decision on a future school but education and finding a place where he feels he fits in best will be two of his main considerations. All of the schools recruiting him like him as a linebacker except Baylor, which is recruiting him as a strong safety.