Hunter Thriving at QB; Adds Second Offer

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Orange (VA) junior Quintin Hunter ‘s outstanding play at the quarterback position continued earlier this week, when he passed for 155 yards and rushed for 85 yards and two touchdowns in a 21-14 win over Louisa. The win keeps alive playoff hopes for Orange, which is 5-3 on the year and 3-1 in the Jefferson District.

From the beginning of this season, Hunter, a 6-2, 185-pound player who earned first-team all-district defensive back honors as a sophomore, never thought of replacing former Orange star Bradley Starks, an all-state performer who is now a true freshman at West Virginia.

“All of our coaches didn’t ask me to fill [Brad’s] shoes,” Hunter said. “They just told me to be me and do what I can do. That’s what I’m doing. So far, so good. We have great receivers, a great offensive line and great running backs. The whole offense and defense is as good as last year. We are 5-3 and have a good chance at making the playoffs.”

Virginia Tech’s coaches were sold on Hunter from last year’s performance. Tech head coach Frank Beamer extended a scholarship offer to the talented athlete on September 1st, when Hunter was in Blacksburg for Tech’s season opening victory over East Carolina.

“I wasn’t expecting a full ride as soon as I got down there,” Hunter said. “I assumed they would watch my junior year first.

“When I received the offer, I was speechless. I couldn’t say anything but thank you. It was an honor to get a scholarship there…especially that early.”

Hunter picked up his second official offer last month.

“Virginia offered me the week they played Connecticut,” said Hunter, who attended camp at Virginia this summer. “Coach Groh told me I am a great person on and off the field. He said I am the kind of player they like at Virginia.”

Boston College, Connecticut, Kansas State, Purdue, Tennessee and West Virginia are among the programs that are showing interest. Hunter, who does have a favorite, seems intent right now to take his time and go through the recruiting process.

“I still have Virginia Tech as the number one place on my list,” said Hunter, who says he grew up “loving” the Hokies. “I want to take my time with my decision. Some people

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