Those of you familiar with landscape of South Carolina high school football know that you don't hear a lot about prospects at Travelers Rest High that often. Not since former TR standout RB Will Ford (current SC State standout and MEAC Player Of The Year) has there been much going on in regards to recruiting on the gridiron. That aspect is set to change with 2010 RB E.J. Hunt. Hunt who is already hearing from a number of top D1 programs and a nearby neighbor sat down with SCPrepNation.com in our latest installment of our "UP NEXT" series.
Just this past Sunday Hunt made the ride up to Charlotte NC to participate in the Fox Sports/Scout.com combine series. While the weather was great the grass at West Charlotte High was not a friend to hardly anyone who tested on Sunday. "It was a great experience," Hunt told us despite the poor testing surface.
With schools scattered all over the country involved now we asked Hunt if any of the schools mentioned above pressing harder than others at this juncture.
"I'd say Georgia Tech and Purdue are on me the hardest right now. I've visited Georgia Tech already. I really liked the atmosphere and the hospitality of the coaches and players. I also love the way they take care of their player and especially there weight program. I've talked to the coaches and they said I have good speed and I have a real chance."
All things considered Hunt says that both programs are at the top of his list currently. He also informed us that each school that has shown interest thus far is recruiting him as a running back.
But if a change of position would be necessary on the next level would Hunt be open to the idea? "Yes, I would if that was necessary. I'm actually a pretty good cornerback. But my coaches don't let me play defense because they don't want me to get hurt so I can take care of my duties on offense."
Asked about his most memorable game last season the 2010 standout replied, "First game of the 2008 season, Travelers Rest vs. Berea. I had 208 yards rushing and 3 TDs. It was easily the most memorable because it was our first real game coming off of a winless season and we were determined to show people we weren't the same old TR. Plus, Berea is our rival, so we just really had to win. In our minds, there was no other option. I was really pumped for this game and people talked junk before. But I just prayed and told them we will see."
Last year E.J. ran for 1220 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also had a 97 yard kickoff return as well. With his senior season just around the corner he says he's looking forward to shouldering an even bigger load.
"I think my vision is pretty good. I'm pretty good at hitting the cutback and finding my lanes. My speed is probably my biggest strengh. I use my speed to outrun defenders and I think I'm faster on the field then all the testing stuff. I'm pretty quick too and I use it to make people miss. My running style is more of a slasher. I also surprise people with my strength and pack a really nice punch for my size."
Talking with Hunt he says there are parts of his game that he's focused on improving this offseason. "My blocking and my hands are what I'm working on the most. I need to work on squaring up better on my blocks and taking on full speed blitzing linebackers. I've improved my hands a lot but I want to get my hands softer and used to catching the ball more. I think these will help me become a better overall player."
As a standout on the field E.J. doesn't neglect his academic duties in the classroom as he also stars there as well.
"I have a 3.0 core GPA and total 1450 SAT. Math and critical reading 930. I plan on majoring in Biochemistry in college."
Stay tuned to SCPrepNation.com for all the latest news regarding E.J. Hunt and other top recruiting prospects from the state of South Carolina.
Watch video highlights of Hunt from last season by clicking the link below.