2011 Intro: Cory Hunter

FUQUAY-VARINA, N.C. --- When New Mexico evaluated Fuquay-Varina High, Shaun Underwood wasn't the only player to receive a scholarship offer. The Lobos also offered Cory Hunter, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound tailback.

"I think word got out about Cory and Shaun, and Coach [Mike] Locksley and his staff got film on those two guys," Fuquay-Varina head football coach Ryan Habich said. "… The coach called me up and said he wanted to offer those two gentlemen. It was actually their first offer – both of them. It was really early – before their junior years."

Hunter is also receiving interest from East Carolina, Clemson, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, NC State, Penn State, South Carolina, South Florida, Stanford, and Wake Forest.

"I think a lot of schools are just looking at him right now going into his senior year," Habich said. "A lot of schools that offer Shaun, they're looking at Cory also.

"Typically, they offer those big linemen before skilled guys, because there's a lot more skilled guys than there are big guys that can run."

Following a few recruiting trips, Hunter is favoring two schools.

"Wake Forest – I went down there [two weekends back] and I really liked the campus and school – is a favorite right now," Hunter said. "And [I like] Penn State – both my parents went there. I went [to Penn State] for a summer camp last year and I really liked it over there, too."

Hunter also camped at UNC last summer.

Wake Forest is the only school Hunter has visited since the football season concluded. He does plan to visit South Carolina for either a spring practice or its spring game, and could make a summer trip to South Florida.

In two seasons, Hunter has rushed for nearly 4,000 yards and almost 60 touchdowns for Fuquay-Varina. He stars at fullback in its wing-T offense.

"He's a powerful, slasher type kid," Habich said. "He's going to get his shoulders north-south and he's going to go. He's going to make one move and go. He's real powerful – that's the thing about him. You have a kid who runs [the 40-yard dash] in the 4.5 [second] range, but he power cleans 315 [pounds]."

Hunter ended his sophomore season, his first as starter, with 1,888 yards and 23 scores on the ground. He somehow bettered those numbers the following season with 2,096 yards and 34 touchdowns.

Hunter was one of two players who subbed into Fuquay-Varina's defense when the opponent crossed Fuquay-Varina's 35-yard line.

"He does so much offensively – carrying the ball a lot – so we try not to play him too much both ways," Habich said. "We tried to rest him [while the defense is on the field] until the [opponent] threatens to score and then we put him in at safety."

Hunter is primarily being recruited as a tailback. Wake Forest, though, has discussed the possibility of moving him to defensive back.

"Wherever they want me to play, it's fine with me," Hunter said.

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