Wes Lunt Passes The Eye Test

PHOENIX - To borrow a phrase that Oklahoma State's Mike Gundy and Todd Monken use quite a bit, "Wes Lunt can really spin it." It was obvious that Lunt can throw the ball during practice Saturday afternoon at Arcadia High School with his East teammates for the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl to be played Tuesday night at Chase Field in downtown Phoenix.

It was the first time that I had seen him throw in person and he has plenty of zip on the ball and, like in the video and the live telecast many viewed of his success in the Illinois Class 4A State Championship Game for the second year in a row at Rochester High School, he is capable of making all the throws.

Lunt is a legit 6-5, 195 pounds. The ball comes out of his hand with ease as he mixes up an over-the-top and a three-quarter delivery depending on the routes.

The big news for Lunt and Oklahoma State fans is that he is going to go home from Phoenix on Wednesday. He will then arrive in Stillwater Thursday for academic orientation and to move in. Thus, he will be ready for his first semester of college and the offseason and spring football.

"A lot went into it and I really talked to Coach Gundy and Coach Monken a lot and that really put me over the edge," Lunt explained as his family - father, mother, and older brother Will, a quarterback at Western Illinois - looked on.

"They were in my house on Saturday a couple of weeks ago and we just talked about it. Just (getting) the chance to compete early is a huge thing. It was the hardest decision that I've ever had to make, but I am really excited about it," added Lunt.

Lunt is not a "bean pole" but there is, no doubt, he could benefit from a college weight program and the training table that Oklahoma State has for its football players and student-athletes. That is an enticement.

"Physical, and the game now is so mental and it will be so important to get there and work on both," added Lunt.

Lunt is coming off two straight state championships in Illinois and seasons where he threw for close to 3,500 yards and 30 touchdowns. His touchdown-to-interception ratio runs right at 7.5 to 1 in favor of the touchdown tosses.

He is more than deserving to play in a game like the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl, and he is enjoying it.

"This has been a lot of fun and I've been meeting new guys, players that are going everywhere," he said. "It is nice to build new relationships with these guys."

You also can't beat the weather or the attractions this time of year in Phoenix. The Semper-Fi All-American players will be holding the huge American flag for the Fiesta Bowl, which Lunt has a strong interest in.

It sure beats Christmas break at home in Illinois. "No, it is beautiful out here, 80, 70 whatever it is and back in Rochester it is 40 or colder, so no, I'm really happy to be here."

Lunt will play indoors for the first time on Tuesday night at Chase Field, home of the Diamondbacks, and then will make that quick trek home and then on to Stillwater.

Our interview was more extensive than what we have included in this story but much of that will be included in a feature in the recruiting issue of Go Pokes Magazine, including how his relationship with God and his faith strengthened during recruiting, and his abilities on the lake with a wake board.

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