Ready to Move: Josh Hunt

Josh Hunt played at Duncanville High School in an area of Dallas/Ft. Worth known as the 'Best Southwest.' It's not an easy place to leave your mark in football, competing against formidable teams from Cedar Hill, Mansfield, and Grand Prairie. However, Hunt did so in his first year of playing football as a senior.

"Previously, I had focused on basketball," said Josh Hunt. "This year I learned so much in my first year. I got down the basics, watched a lot of video, and gained a great deal of knowledge that's going to help me make the transition to college a lot easier."

It was a startling debut for Hunt. At linebacker he was named 1st team All-District (Dist. 5), 1st team All-State (5A), was named team MVP and District 5/5A Co-Defensive Player of the Year. He made 77 tackles, forced five fumbles, recovered three fumbles, and made two interceptions. Now he's prepping to join the Demon Deacon program this summer.

"I've just been lifting weights," Hunt said. "Josh Harris, who is from here, has been home and we've been working out together. I'm going to be at Wake Forest by July 1st."

Hunt committed to Wake Forest a few days prior to signing day. He was also offered by Iowa State, Colorado State, and North Texas. Although, he hasn't made a trip to Winston-Salem since his official visit, he has been in steady contact with his future teammates.

"I'm not sure who I'll be rooming with, probably Tyler King," Hunt said. "I talk a lot with Zach Allen and Barrett Powell (both linebackers). Dan Mack is another guy I talk to. He's going to give me his number (23). He wants another number next year. Coach (Tim) Billings, who recruited me, I just talked to last week."

Josh Hunt, 6-foot-2, 222-pounds, helped the Panthers to a 8-4 season in 2010 and to the 2nd round in the state playoffs. Although next year is only his second playing football, he doesn't want to become content with a redshirt in his first year in Division 1.

"Before the season, I'd like to gain 15 to 20 pounds," said Hunt. "I was running track and started losing a lot weight, so I stopped. I'm still trying to increase my speed. Right now, I'm running a 4.55 40 and I want to get under 4.5. My goal is to be around a 4.45 by the start of the season. I'm going to try not to get a redshirt and earn some playing time, but I just want to go out there and take advantage of every opportunity that comes my way."

Hunt played at Duncanville for Coach Jeff Dicus. He wore No. 5 for the Panthers.

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