PSU Written Offer Arrives

This RB/LB prospect recently received a written offer from the Nittany Lions. Where do the Nittany Lions rank among his favorite teams?

Name: Tony Hunt
Position: RB, LB
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 222 pounds
Bench Press: 23 reps of 185 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.56
School: T. C. Williams HS, Alexandria, VA

"Today, Penn State went ahead and offered him a scholarship," Tony's father Aaron Hunt said last Wednesday.  "We got a letter from Joe Paterno today saying 'if he wants to come to Penn State, we've got the total package for him.'"

According to Mr. Hunt, Maryland, Southern California and East Carolina have extended verbal scholarship offers.  Tony is being recruited both as a linebacker and a running back.

Southern Cal is the alma mater of Tony's high school coach, Riki Ellison.

"We're going out there Friday, the day after Thanksgiving.  We're going for the Notre  Dame/Southern Cal game."

It will be Tony's first official visit.  The Trojans had not yet offered a scholarship.

"They're going to do it, I can tell that."

Although he is determined to let Tony make his own decision, Mr. Hunt would prefer that Tony attend school on the east coast so that he could see his son play in person.

Even though USC has a connection via Tony's head coach, The Nittany Lions have a connection of their own.

"The athletic director at T.C. Williams (Alykhan Johnson), his brother coaches at Penn State, Larry  Johnson."

Larry Johnson is recruiting Tony for Penn State.

"I think he's leaning towards Penn State, that's what I think, but we're going out to USC  Friday.  We're going to go to Michigan when they send the information.  Coach Campbell came down on Monday, so he's supposed to be setting up an official visit to Ann Arbor pretty soon.

"We have an official visit to Virginia on December 13."

An official visit to Penn State is likely, although one has not been set up as of last Wednesday.

Like most fathers, Aaron Hunt is very proud of his son.

"He went to the combine they had at Maryland.  He went up against Wesley Jefferson and  Barrington Edwards.  The coach came to us and said he whooped both of them all week long.   He was voted the best player at the Maryland camp.

"He's played tailback, linebacker, safety and defensive-end.  He told me he's going to be a tailback.  If he has to play linebacker, I'm sure he'll play it, but he wants to play tailback.

"He had 14 receptions for 323 yards and 3 interceptions on defense.  He had at least 200 carries for 1,100 yards rushing and I think he had 12 touchdowns."

At the Penn State Nike Camp in April, Tony ran the 40-yard dash in 4.56 seconds, bench pressed 185 pounds 23 times and jumped 29" in the vertical jump, all with a sore hamstring.

At the Maryland camp, Tony ran a 4.52 40-yard dash, did 28 reps of 185 pounds and vertically jumped 33".

Note:  According to this report by Greg Biggins of Student Sports, Tony enjoyed his official visit to USC this past weekend very much and the Trojans seem to be his current leader.

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