The triangle area of North Carolina boasts several FBS-caliber prospects including Southern Durham’s Tony Creecy and A.J. Marshall along with Southeast Raleigh’s LB Kendall Moore and QB Gabe Henderson. Chapel Hill’s OL Rob Crisp has also emerged as a player at the top of numerous college recruiting wish-lists. You can add Cary DE Fre’Shad Hunter into the mix as he is now beginning to make a name for himself as well.
At 6-3, 250 pounds, Hunter began his high school career at linebacker but outgrew the position to some degree and was switched to defensive end for the 2008 season. That move allowed Hunter to thrive and he has now become one of the state’s best at that spot.
“I started my high school career at linebacker and then coach moved me to defensive end,” said Hunter. “I liked linebacker but at defensive end I can line up and go, go, go every snap. All I’ve got to do at defensive end is watch the ball and get to the quarterback. After I got my first sack this year, my adrenaline just pumped up and I wanted to get more.”
Hunter finished off his junior season with 38 tackles, six sacks and eight tackles for loss en route to all-conference honors.
On the recruiting front, Hunter boasts an offer from NC State and appears on the verge of adding several more.
“All my colleges seem like they’re getting close to offering,” he said. “Wake Forest is close. ECU, Alabama, Virginia and Virginia Tech are close and UCLA is talking to me too.”
Hunter has made visits to see Wake Forest and East Carolina and was in Raleigh a few weeks back to check out the Wolfpack. The rising senior said State is a team he’s always followed and they made their intentions clear when he visited the Pack for junior day.
“NC State has always been one of my favorite schools. I live about ten minutes from the school so it’s a school close to home and I’ve been a NC State fan all my life. They’ve got some strong thoughts in my mind.
“They had tried to get me to commit earlier. My first time going to visit, I think coach O’Brien wanted me to commit that day, but I told him I was going to go around and do my homework on some other colleges.”
In addition to NC State, Hunter mentioned a few other schools he’s keeping a close eye on.
“Wake Forest is another one that I’m looking at real hard. Alabama, I’ve got some strong interest in that school and then ECU, too.”
Hunter hopes to visit UCLA and Alabama over the summer and says he isn’t in a rush to make his college choice.
“I’m going to ride it out for a while. I think I’m going to make my decision at the end of my senior season but if something is telling me this is the right college then I’m going to go ahead and commit early if I know I’m comfortable at that place.”
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