Southside High School will be much improved this season with the likes of Chris Rhodes, Marlin Butler, Warren Franklin, Justin Goldsmith, and Will Hunt. Hunt, the largest of those prospects currently holds three offers and has sparked the interest of a number of programs throughout the southeast region. SCPrepNation.com caught up with Hunt for the latest in regards to his recruitment and outlook heading towards next season.
At 6'4 225 pounds Will Hunt has a college ready frame and you can expect him to spend plenty of time on the field on both sides of the ball this coming season. As we mentioned before Hunt holds a couple of offers currently. "I have offers from Presbyterian, Newberry, and Winston Salem State. I am still wide open right now to anybody." Having said that we asked Hunt what other schools are taking a long hard look at him. "I hear a lot from Georgia Tech, North Carolina State, Clemson, and South Carolina. Out of all the schools I'd say Winston Salem State and Clemson are recruiting me the hardest."
The 2009 standout has been busy making plenty of camp visits this offseason too. "I've been to Clemson, North Carolina State, and Furman's camps this offseason. With those schools heavily in the mix Hunt talked about what he enjoys most about those programs. "With Georgia Tech they have a very good program. They are also a good academic school. With Clemson it's very similar to Tech. They have a really good coaching staff down at Clemson too."
Given his great blend of size and athleticism many schools are teetering on offering the 2009 prospect soon possibly. Hunt says one program may be closer than the others in extending an offer. "One of the coaches from NC State said he wanted to see my film. They like me as a tight end so they wanted to see me catch and see how well I block too."
We have seen Hunt in 7 on 7 action a few times this offseason and he looks solid as a receiving tight end. In fact he dominated a few games using his size and strength to shield defenders from the ball making some superbly athletic catches. Having played on the offensive line he also has experience blocking so if he continues to excel he may not only be looking at one offer but a handful in the near future.
Last season one game specifically stood out in his mind as his strongest. "I'd have to say probably Liberty the first game of last season was my best. I had 3 sacks and recovered a fumble in the endzone for a touchdown too." As for next season Will says he's looking forward to the first game of the season versus Wren so that he and his teammates can see how their hard work has paid off facing a AAAA school. "We want to see how it's going to turn out for us against them. We are also facing a team from North Carolina and we hear they are pretty good too. We are looking forward to playing good competition."
Academically Hunt is a tremendous performer in the classroom as well. He holds a 3.5 GPA and has posted a 1000 on the SAT. He plans on retaking the SAT in order to raise his scores even further. Hunt also plans on taking the ACT for the first time soon as well. Hunt is a part of Southside's IB (International Baccalaureate) program which boasts some of the upstate's brightest high school students.
Considering that Hunt and some of his fellow 2009 teammates are garnering heavy college interest he talked about the state of his school's football program currently. "We've got the same people on the team but the difference now is the coaching. We have a lot better coaching this year than last year. They help us understand the game, are working us out really hard, and they are taking us to camps so we can improve together and bond as a team. This team will be a lot better going into this season compared to last year."
With a number of strong academic programs on his list of current pursuers Hunt chimed in about what will be critical for him in the decision making process. "The program itself and how good of an education I will be receiving from the school will be most important for me. Right now I'm wide open to everybody. I might verbally commit maybe sometime during the season probably but then again I could wait until Signing Day too."
Hunt will be maxing out in the weight room soon and plans on letting SCPrepNation.com know how well he fares. He has posted a 4.8 second time in the 40 yard dash but says he is working hard to improve on that time.
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Southside's Will Hunt
Hunt tries to catch his breath after a 7 on 7 game and wind sprints afterwards