June 9, 2009
Is 4-star DE coming to see the Vols?
Cary, N.C., defensive end Fre'Shad Hunter would be a nice addition to Tennessee's 2010 recruiting class. The talented pass rusher is loving the recruiting scene and he'll be coming to check out the Vols very soon.
"It's been real exciting," Hunter said. "I don't have any new offers, so I've been sitting on all my other offers. I was at ECU's camp last weekend and I'll be at Tennessee's camp next weekend."
Hunter will arrive in Knoxville with an open mind about possibly suiting up for the orange and white in the future. Tennessee is at or near the top of his list and when he comes to Knoxville he'll do so with his mother and his coaches.
"They are pretty high because my mom likes that school," Hunter said. "They are a powerhouse program in the SEC and they aren't too far from home. They have the Kiffins and Monte coached some of the greats in the game. It would be good to get coached by a coach like that."
Hunter (6-foot-5, 250 pounds) has hit the weight room when he's not been to camps this summer. When he has been checking out different campuses, he's been trying to soak up every bit of information that he can.
"Right now I'm trying to get bigger," Hunter said. "I'm getting my speed up. My last 40 time was clocked at 4.72 and I think it can be 4.6 by the time season starts. I'm working on all my spin moves and pass rush moves. I'm learning a lot at camps."
North Carolina State, Florida, Florida State, LSU and Ohio State join Tennessee and East Carolina on Hunter's elite list. His summer is going to include a lot of early mornings in the gym.
"It's going to be waking up every morning and doing two-a-day practices," Hunter said. "At the beginning it's a lot of conditioning. We have some real hard workouts. They take us out in the hot sun and push us hard."
The small town of Cary is within shouting distance of Raleigh where the campus of North Carolina State is located. The Wolfpack are the hometown team and will be hard to beat in this race, but Hunter admits that playing close to home isn't a necessity.
"They were my first offer and they were my leader early on, but staying close to home isn't the biggest thing," Hunter said. "I have some big decisions over the next eight months. My mom wants me to do what's best for me."
Rivals.com rates Hunter a 4-star strongside defensive end and 10th at his position nationally. He's also a member of the Rivals100.
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