March 10, 2008

Hunter caught off guard with OSU offer

The state of Ohio is rich in defensive backs for the class of 2009 and the Buckeyes made another offer recently to an in-state star. Cornerback D.J. Hunter had a stack of offers going into the weekend but picked up an unexpected offer when the Buckeyes offered the 6-foot-0, 196-pounder out of Middletown, Ohio.

Hunter already had offers from the likes of Illinois, Purdue, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Maryland, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest and Kent State but the Ohio State caught him slightly off guard even after plans to visit Ohio State's junior day were called off.

"I was supposed to go there for the junior and day get the offer but I couldn't make it but they sent the info to my coach that I already got the offer," Hunter said. "He didn't want to tell me and he wanted me to go there and hear it from them but since I didn't get to make it up there because the weather was bad he had called my dad and told my dad that he (the coach) didn't want me to know yet still, but my dad ended up telling me anyway (laugh)."

Hunter learned about the offer on Sunday and had to question his father and make sure that it was not some sort of prank.

"I was kind of shocked," Hunter said. "I was like, 'for real?" and my dad told me it was for real and that the coach had just got the info on it."

Hunter reportedly ran a 4.35 second 40-yard-dash during his freshman year and has speed to burn in the defensive backfield. He also has good strength with a reported 335 pound bench and maxing out at 400 pounds on the squat.

Does Hunter have any sort of time frame on how he would like to handle his recruitment or is he just rolling with the punches at this point with 11 months between now and the next signing period?

I don't even really know yet but I will probably do everything later but I am still looking at everything," Hunter said.

Hunter already has family in Columbus with a cousin who is enrolled at Ohio State and there will be plenty of people from his hometown who will sound off on where they think he should play his college football.

"Being from Ohio you always hear about the Buckeyes every single day," Hunter said. "Every person I talk to is always like, 'you should be a Buckeye, you should be a Buckeye,' but I don't know yet."

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