Hunter Knows Next Destination

Cary (NC) defensive lineman Fre'Shad Hunter was one of the state's top prospects when he committed to NC State last fall.

Cary (NC) defensive lineman Fre'Shad Hunter was one of the state's top prospects when he committed to NC State last fall. However, academic concerns led to him not signing with the Wolfpack in February, but Hunter did ink with a junior college program a few weeks back.

"I've been focusing on my school work and hitting the weight room pretty hard," Hunter informed Pack Pride. "I've been focusing on the season I have ahead of me. I didn't sign with NC State in February, but I finalized my decision a couple of months ago. I actually signed my letter of intent to attend Georgia Military a month or so ago.

"NC State has a good relationship with Georgia Military and some of their players go to that school first so NC State basically placed me at Georgia Military."

Rated a four-star prospect by, Hunter is looking to play right away this fall for the highly-regarded junior college.

"I actually spoke with the defensive coordinator there a few weeks ago and they want me to play some defensive end for them," he said. "It depends on how much I bulk up, but I could probably play defensive tackle too. It just depends on how big I am when I get there."

Hunter originally committed to NC State after considering offers from LSU, Tennessee, ECU, and Florida State among others.

"When I chose NC State I had a lot of offers on the table," he said. "It was the first offer I received, but there was a lot of thinking I had to do.

"The thing about NC State is it's close to home, and they have a really good program. They send a lot of players to the league. They sent Willie Young to the league this year, and I got to know him over the past couple of years while being recruited by State. With guys like him they have a strong defensive line tradition, so that's where I'm at with State."

Hunter maintains that he remains in contact with the State coaches, particularly defensive coordinator Mike Archer, his recruiting coach.

"Me and my mom, we stay in touch with coach Archer," he said. "We talked to him a few weeks back. They know of my plans, I'm sure of that."

Because Georgia Military is a junior college program, Hunter will need to earn his associate's degree at the school before he can transfer to a Division I program. It typically takes two years to earn the degree so Hunter will more than likely be a member of the Wolfpack's 2012 recruiting class.

If everything goes according to plan, he will enroll at NC State and have three years left to play two seasons.

"I know that by going to Georgia Military I can technically look at other schools and you take everything day-by-day," he said. "But I'm still committed to NC State. That's where I plan on going to school after my time at Georgia Military.

"I haven't had a chance to talk with coach Archer or coach O'Brien yet about when I will get to enroll at NC State. I guess it depends on me and how well I do with the schoolwork. Other than that I really can't say."

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