Class of ’09 Profile: Orange County’s Quintin Hunter

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One would’ve thought that losing star quarterback Bradley Starks (currently a freshman QB at West Virginia) would have taken a serious toll on the Orange County varsity football squad this season, but that simply hasn’t been the case with 6-2, 185-pound junior Quintin Hunter taking over the helm. Hunter’s playmaking skills and big-time athleticism were evident last Friday, when he racked up 361 yards passing and 153 yards rushing in a 61-42 loss to Monticello.

A first-team all-district defensive back and the team’s go-to wide receiver last season as a sophomore, Hunter also served as the back-up quarterback before becoming the starter this season.

“He has done a great job so far,” Orange County head coach John Kayajanian said of Hunter, who has played on the varsity level since his freshman year. “He played wide receiver and defensive back last year, but he has learned to become a quarterback. He is a great athlete. He is a smooth athlete. It comes natural to him. He runs well and cuts well. He has a nose for the football.”

Orange offensive coordinator Jesse Lohr believes Hunter could play quarterback on the next level, particular for a program that emphasizes a dual-threat quarterback. Lohr also admits that Hunter could be very, very good at other positions as well.

“I think he could be one heck of a wide receiver,” Lohr said. “If he puts on more weight, he could be a heck of a safety. His dad is 6-5 or 6-6, so Quintin could still have some growing left to do. He runs well and he leaps well. He dunks the basketball a couple of different ways. Overall, he is just a good athlete. I believe the sky is the limit for him.”

Currently, Virginia Tech is the only program to extend an official scholarship offer. The offer came after the East Carolina home game, a game Hunter was in attendance for.

“He went down to the East Carolina game and they made a commitment to him,” Kayajanian said. “He has a written offer.”

Lohr added, “That was the first time he had been to a game there. He had a chance to meet the head coach and spend a lot of time with him. He also talked to Coach [Torrian]