Hartselle Tigers (15-0) 5-A State Champ
Justin Hunter / WR / Tennessee
I've been a big proponent of this kid since he exploded onto the scene in the SEC as a freshman with his big play ability. Caught 16 passes his freshman season, for 415 yards (nearly a 26 yards/catch average) and 7 touchdowns.
Last year as a sophomore caught 16 passes, for 302 yards (nearly a 19 yards/catch average) and 2 touchdowns in his first 2 games. Tore his knee up on his first catch of the game against Florida in the 3rd game and missed the rest of the season.
Incredible athlete. Track star who's track and field records and accomplishments in the 100m, 200m, long jump, high jump, triple jump, etc. are numerous. A 4-star football recruit with 4.4 speed at 6'4", 200 pounds. However, what impresses me the most about Hunter is the way he plays the receiver position for such a young player.
+Tremendous vertical threat - might be the best in the country
+Runs difficult routes for a young receiver and makes them look easy - sells his routes to set up DB's
+Very good route runner that sinks his hips and explodes out of breaks - creates separation
+Will use his length and block on the perimeter for screens, reverses, passes out of the backfield to the back
+High points the football in jump ball situations and outmuscle DB's
+Hands catcher that knows how to catch the ball away from his body
+Will go over the middle and make tough catches in traffic - take the hit and make the catch
+Has some run-after-catch-ability
+Tracks the football and adjust to it
+Quality kid with good character - doesn't show any diva qualities
-Slight frame and needs to continue filling out his frame - add some bulk
-Has to show he's back from the knee injury
Hunter has some elements of A.J. Green/Charles Rogers in his game, with better vertical speed. Explosive talent with legitimate upside and showed steady improvement during his career.