Tech Still in the Mix for Tennessee RB?

Despite remaining committed to Ole Miss, 3-star running back Gabriel Hunter is hearing a lot from Texas Tech and Oklahoma State. The Memphis based athlete talks with Scout.com about his travel plans and whether or not he is still looking at his two Big 12 suitors.

Early in his senior season, Tennessee running back Gabriel Hunter was focused on breaking the Memphis rushing record of 2,679 yards and 29 TDs that he set as a junior, but a severe MCL sprain after the second game forced him to sit out the next five games.

Despite the major setback, Hunter says he was still pleased with his season.

"The season went alright," he said. "I missed a lot of games with the knee injury. I missed five games, but I still rushed for over 1, 200 yards and 10 touchdowns in the five games that I did play in."

How does the knee feel now?

"When I hurt my knee, I really kind of rushed it to get back on the field. It feels alright, but I have a brace on it, and I can barely move it. I still have a ways to go."

Scout.com's #62 ranked tailback is working on getting the knee stronger during the off season.

"I have been working out with my coaches, but I have not been doing any heavy squats. I have just been working out my upper body. I do some squats but nothing heavy."

On the recruiting front, Hunter remains committed to Ole Miss, but says that he is also looking around a bit.

"I talked [Ole Miss] about a week ago. I talk to Coach Derrick Nix a lot. He told me that I need to get down there on my visit this month. I am going to start taking my visits this month. Coach Nix told me what I could expect when I come down on my visit."

Will the Memphis resident take any official visits outside of Ole Miss?

"I am going to visit Oklahoma State and Texas Tech. I do not know the dates yet, but it is going to be soon, this month."

Hunter explained that while he remains committed to Ole Miss, he wants to keep his options open until he takes all of his official visits.

"I am still, well, I am still committed, but my final decision is going to come after I take my visits. Right now, I am really only thinking about Ole Miss, but I will know for sure after I take my visits."

Are there any issues that Hunter has to get resolved with Ole Miss?

"Not really. When I spoke to Coach Nix last he said that they are thinking about sitting me out for a year. They want my knee to heal up better. I am cool with it, so I got no problem with them doing that, but at the same time I might want to play. I am just going to check out all of my options."

Oklahoma State is high on Hunter's primarily because he has a friend playing for the Cowboys.

"My former teammate, Jamal Mosley, plays with them. We have been talking, and he tells me how badly their coaches want me. I am just going to go up there and check it out."

His interest in Texas Tech has been solid since last summer, shortly after Hunter was offered by the Red Raiders.

With Memphis native Coach Dennis Simmons heading up Gabriel's recruitment, the Red Raiders have shown consistent interest in landing the talented running back.

And while Hunter admits he doesn't know too much about Texas Tech's offensive system, one visit to Lubbock could change that.

"They have been telling me since this summer that they are going to bring me in for a visit. I am going to call them and set it up."



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