Massive blocker likes UT

A massive young man who personifies the term "student-athlete" has shown up on Tennessee football's recruiting radar.

Courtney Hunter is a 6-0, 330-pound two-way lineman from Booker T. Washington High of Atlanta who boasts a 3.7 grade-point average and ranks No. 13 academically at his school. He has a 19 ACT score and an 1170 SAT score. He excels on the gridiron, as well.

Hunter played his sophomore season for Quitland (Texas) High, earning first-team all-district on offense and second-team all-district on defense. He moved to Georgia last fall and starred as a junior while splitting time among center, guard and nose guard.

Hunter couldn't recall his defensive stats from 2009 but said he recorded "around 15 pancake blocks" on offense.

Although he has the classic nose-guard build, he says he prefers offense.

"The reason I like offensive line is the responsibility I have of protecting somebody," he told "They know I have their back and they know I have what it takes to get the job done."

He must be pretty good at protecting the quarterback since he noted that, "My side of the line didn't give up a sack last year."

Hunter attended last week's Tennessee Lineman Camp and had a very good time.

"I enjoyed it a lot," he said. "It gave me a new experience and an idea of what to expect. I learned a lot of things that will help me out. And the campus was real nice, one of the better campuses I've seen."

One of the highlights of Hunter's UT visit was the chance to meet Vol head coach Derek Dooley.

"He's a really great man and, from what I hear, he's a great coach as well," Hunter said. "He really makes you feel at home ... like you're already on the team."

Although he hasn't received a scholarship offer yet, Hunter might be a part of Dooley's team someday. In addition to his imposing size and academic record, the young lineman has the kind of work ethic Dooley is looking for.

"I'm somebody who gives 100 percent at all times," Hunter said. "Whatever the coach asks me to do, I'm going to make sure I do it to the best of my ability."

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