Lumen Christi tight end a hot prospect

Josh Hunt can't wait to play defense on the college level. But right now, he's focusing on playing tight end his senior season for Jackson Lumen Christi. And the 6-foot-4, 250-pound senior can't wait for that either.

Hunt, regarded as among the state's top recruits, is entering his third full varsity season. He moved up to the varsity his freshman year for the playoffs.

Last year, Lumen Christi advanced to the Division 4 semifinals last year where they lost 31-8 to Riverview.

"Everyone thought we weren't going to go that far," Hunt said. "I think our team had the potential to do well. I think this year is going to be a good one for us. We'll have some juniors who will step up. Mr. (Herb) Brogan (head coach) will be looking ahead to next year when this year's seniors will be gone."

Lumen Christi, with a strong line, led by Hunt, could be among the state's top teams in Class B this season.

"I think we'll have a great year," Hunt said. "Our whole defense is coming back. We're virtually reconstructing our offensive line. Our (all-state) running back (Gaelen Callahan) should lead our running attack."

Hunt will again be a two-way player, including defensive end, where he had 66 solo tackles and 43 assists, plus three sacks as a defensive end last season. But he won't be playing tackle on the offensive line. Instead, Hunt will be a receiver-blocker at the tight end spot.

"I wanted to play catch," Hunt said. "I was playing in the 7-on-7 camps during the summer. I thought I did pretty good at tight end. I'm looking forward to it. I think I'm going to catch a lot of passes."

Take one look at Hunt and he said it's fairly obvious what his strengths will be at tight end.

"My size will really help. As big and as quick as I can be, I should be able to get open at lot," he said.

Hunt said he originally wanted to announce his college decision before starting his senior high school season

"I want to commit early," he said. "I think I'll announce within a couple of games during the season."

Colorado is his No. 1 choice right now, but Hunt said Michigan State is also in the running. Toledo has also expressed interest.

"In college, I want to play defensive line and that's where Colorado said they'd take a look at me. Michigan State wants me on offense."

Regardless of where he goes, Hunt is about to realize a long-time ambition. "I've always wanted to play college football," he said.

"He's a great athlete with some good size," Brogan said. " He has some great moves from the tight end spot."

But once he starts his college career, Hunt realizes he'll be playing a whole new game.

"Right now, at this moment, I don't think I could be a college football player," he said. "I may be a big stud now on the high school level. But when I go to Division I, I'm an equal with everyone else. I could never see myself getting all the attention I'm getting now. But don't get me wrong, I like it."

Before his high school career is over, Hunt wouldn't mind making a final high school appearance in the Pontiac Silverdome for the state finals.

"My cousin (defensive back Nick LeFere) and I were talking about that," Hunt. "You bet we'd like to go again."

"We'll have a good ballclub," Brogan said. "But we have a very difficult schedule. We go to Ohio twice for games and we'll be tested."


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