Hidden Gem: Hunter Wanket

Torrey Pines QB Wants Chance at Next Level


QB Hunter Wanket led his Torrey Pines team to the San Diego Section Division I title game, losing to Carlsbad 6-17.  On the way, the Falcons posted an 11-2 record.  Hunter played QB in a Wing T offense so he had limited throwing opportunities this season.  In games when his team needed him to throw Hunter delivered. This was especially true in the close win over rival La Costa Canyon.  In that game, Hunter threw for over 230 yards. Currently Cal Lutheran, Palomar Junior  College and Willamette University are showing interest along with other schools.  Hunter may go the Juco route as his goal is to gain the opportunity to play D1 ball.


PrepCA: What is your favorite thing about playing high school football?

Hunter: I love the commitment our team has made, this team has bonded very tightly and we all are very good friend both on and off of the field.  We encourage each other and some of us want to play together at the next level.


PrepCA: What is your official height and weight?

Hunter: 6'3.5" 195 lbs


PrepCA: What is your greatest football memory?

Hunter: Winning the undisputed league championship in the last 3 minutes against our hometown rival La Costa Canyon.


PrepCA: What aspect of your game have you really worked hard to improve? What area would you like to keep improving on?

Hunter: I have worked really hard to improve my arm strength and my speed. I am continuing to work on all areas of my game but specifically concentrating on speed improvement and arm strength.


PrepCA:  Name one teammate you really respect and why?

Hunter: Scooter Belasco!  I really respect that Scooter is an awesome athlete but very low key about it.  He excels in multiple sports, football, soccer and track and you never hear him talking himself up.  He always is encouraging to other players and does well academically.  Scooter and I are great friends and have played school sports together since 7th grade. 


PrepCA: Who is currently recruiting you? Do you have any offers yet?

Hunter: I am talking to about 12 colleges.  I have two coaches that have said they are going to do whatever it takes to get me in their program.  I believe that I am D1 caliber, if I do not get a D1 offer I am considering other options to ensure I eventually get there.  Both Drew Brees and L.T. didn't get the offers they wanted out of high school, but they continued to pursue it and well… you know the rest. 


I am talking to USD – I would love to play here because, I believe I can learn from Josh Johnson their current QB and who wouldn't jump at the chance to play under Jim Harbaugh.  I also met with San Diego State & Cal Lutheran University.  There are several D2 Schools, Wooford in South Carolina and Bryant in Rhode Island that I am talking to as well.  Playing at the next level is the most important thing; I can make the most of it wherever I am.


PrepCA:  Who is the best player you ever played against? Why?

Hunter: Michael Bethea of La Costa Canyon.  For one thing, I grew up playing baseball with him, so I know what a dedicated athlete he is.  In football, he is all over the field both offensively and defensively.  He stays with the pursuit; He plays hard until the end.


PrepCA:  Name one team who you really respect and why? 

Hunter: Rancho Bernardo H.S. I respect them for several reasons, I like the tempo of the game they set, it requires there opponent to be "on" to keep the tempo that they have kept all season indicates to me that there players are in shape and practice hard as a team.  It really important to me that the team plays as one unit.


PrepCA:  What other sports do you play? 

Hunter: Currently I am focused on football and plan on working several spring and summer camps to prepare for next season. In the past though I have played baseball, basketball, pole vaulted and raced moto-cross.  I love competition.


PrepCA: What are your best max lifts in the bench, squat, power clean and 40 yard dash?

Hunter: 175 bench, 300 squat, 210 power clean and 4.8 40 and 34 inch vertical jump.


PrepCA:  How do you think your coach would describe you as a player?

Hunter: I think that my coaches would describe me as a sleeper.  I have blossomed to my potential this year.  I know they (Coach Ed Burke, head Coach and Eric Rodarte, QB Coach) would say that I am extremely accurate.  They would say I am a dual threat both in the air and on the ground.  Both of them would also tell you, I am very composed in the pocket, I don't get rattled easily and calmly lead in a mayday situation.


PrepCA: Who is your favorite pro athlete and why?

Hunter: Drew Brees.  I think that he has overcome many obstacles.  As I said before, he didn't get a look out of high school but was determined.  I believe that he and I are very similar.  He did not loose sight of his goal and stayed confident.  I respect him and his tenacity.


PrepCA: What is the best piece of advice you have ever received? Who did you receive it from?   

Hunter: My dad once told me to bet on myself.  He said I was a good bet.  I have used that both on and off the field.  When push comes to shove, I do bet on myself, I can get the job done.


PrepCA would like to thank Hunter and his family for their help and we wish Hunter the best of luck as he prepares for college football.







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