Pack Offers Hunter

Josh Hunter isn't surprised. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound defensive back has flown under the recruiting radar despite having more offers than several of the state's top-ranked prospects.

Josh Hunter isn't surprised. The 6-foot-2, 175-pound defensive back has flown under the recruiting radar despite having more offers than several of the state's top-ranked prospects.

Hunter began his career at North Mecklenburg High School but was sent to Charlotte (NC) Mallard Creek after the school was built. Following a 1-9 record in 2007, Hunter has high hopes for his team.

"I'm at a new school and a lot of people don't know about us," said Hunter. "We should be real strong to tell you the truth. We have everybody coming back and everyone will be seniors.

"I can play cornerback or safety, but they haven't really said which they want me to play. I like either one. I just want to get some playing time."

As a junior, the all-conference selection recorded five interceptions. He has already received nearly a dozen written scholarship offers. The first arrived from Duke and the most recent was from the Virginia Tech Hokies. Along the way, he secured additional offers from East Carolina, NC State, West Virginia, South Carolina, Miami, Wake Forest, Colorado and Marshall.

"Colleges have come by my school, and that is why I have the scholarship offers," said Hunter. "They say I can run, I'm very physical, and I play a lot of man [coverage]. They see all that on my tape."

While he maintains that he's wide open, a couple of his recruiting coaches stick out.

"Coach Galloway from West Virginia and coach Bridge from NC State stand out to me," said Hunter. "I like both of them. They tell me about how their defensive backs coach will teach me a lot if I go there."

Hunter doesn't have any camps planned but intends on visiting Miami in the near future. The Hurricanes recently offered and appear to be a contender.

"I know I'm going to go down to Miami in the next few weeks," he said. "One of their coaches came up, coach Stout, and watched my tape. He said they would get back with me once coach Shannon saw my tape. I know they liked me because they mailed me the offer."

His only visit thus far has been to Wake Forest.

"I liked it," said Hunter. "I wen to one of their games during school. They have a great connection and perform well. I learned a lot form Alphonso [Smith]... I got to talk to him one-on-one."

"They've got a great defensive backs coach."

One school expected to be a factor is NC State. The Wolfpack offered during the evaluation period and Hunter's father, Ellliot Hunter, played fullback at NC State.

"[Laughing] That's about all he talks about," said Hunter. "He's always telling me I need to stay with the Pack... plus he wants me to stay close to home because he tries to come to all my games. I know if it was up to him I'd be going to State."

What does Hunter like about the Wolfpack?

"They've got a great defensive backs coach," he stated. "He just came out of the league, so there's a lot of hands-on stuff he can teach me. I know it's an up-and-coming school. Coach Bridge tells me they need me to come up there and play for them."

Distance is going to be a factor but not the deciding factor. Without a set timeframe in place, Hunter hopes to sit down with his mother in the near future and start narrowing down his list.

"There's not really a favorite," he said. I'm just trying to narrow it down, but it's hard to do that without the visits. Distance is a factor, but it's not a heavy one. It's not something I'd cut a school off for.

"I'm going to sit down with my mom and just discuss everything here soon. I'm not sure how long it will be before I decide. I think my mom wants me to wait until after my senior season."


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