One of the top juniors in the state of Virginia, Ocean Lakes (Virginia Beach, VA) wide receiver Justin Hunter has now received four Division 1A scholarship offers according to head coach Chris Scott. While the 6-4, 180-pound Hunter is living up to his hype as a top prospect, several other players – including seniors Shamarko Thomas and Brandon Sharpe – have played major roles in helping the Dolphins to a 5-0 record thus far in 2008.
A fantastic athlete, Hunter, who posted a high jump of 6’7″ in track this spring, is showing off his talents on offense and special teams.
“Justin is already looking at four offers right now and I think they will just keep coming in,” Scott said. “He has six touchdowns in five games. He has scored on the ground, on special teams (punt return) and catching the ball. He is a special athlete. As long as he makes the grades, he’ll be able to pick which college he wants to go to.
“I think he is a 5-star kid. I don’t know what else you have to do to be a 5-star kid.”
Hunter’s offer total is very likely to increase by the time his junior season is complete. Many Division 1A programs are expressing heavy interest right now.
“Virginia Tech said he has an offer,” Scott said. “Virginia has offered. Boston College has faxed over an offer and Louisville was at school [on Tuesday] checking out Brandon and Shamarko and they stated that Justin was an automatic offer. I’ve gotten film requests from Georgia, LSU, Tennessee and UNC. Film is going out to those schools as well as Notre Dame and Michigan. I could go on and on. He has gotten numerous game invitations and stuff like that, too.”
Hunter seems very open in terms of the schools he would consider. At this point, he wants to see which programs come through and offer.
“I asked him to tell me five places he would like me to send film to and he mentioned Virginia Tech, Virginia, USC, Notre Dame, Georgia, Florida…he kept the list going and going. I told him he had to slow down (laughs),” Scott said. “I’ll send film out to all of those places, though. I could see him going anywhere.”
5-10, 198-pound Shamarko Thomas, a running back and defensive back, continues to draw interest from Virginia and Virginia...
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