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Hunter signs with Tusculum College

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By Dwane Wilder

Campbell County High School football player Logan Hunter didn’t waste any time on National Signing Day.

Before going to his first class last Wednesday, the 6-foot-4, 303 lb., senior left tackle signed a national letter-of-intent and faxed it, pronto, to the athletic department at NCAA Division II Tusculum College in Greeneville.

Five hours later, at Hunter’s signing ceremony in the CCHS library, the strapping lineman was still grinning from ear to ear.

“I always wanted to (play in college), but I didn’t know if I would get the opportunity,” Hunter said.

“What really got me to thinking I could, though, was the coaches. I had great people around me, and I started really training hard last winter.”

Hunter, who was also recruited by NCAA Division III Maryville College, gave a verbal commitment to Tusculum coaches the first week of January.

During his sophomore and junior seasons, Hunter was primarily a run blocker in Campbell County’s ground hugging option offense. 

When Justin Price was hired as the Cougars’ head football coach last June, he installed a wide open passing attack in which Hunter was assigned the task of protecting quarterback Tuffy Shoupe’s blind side. 

Hunter gladly accepted a new position at left tackle, which allowed him to take advantage of his size and agility. He quickly picked up the new offense.

“We threw the ball 320 times last year, and he never gave up a sack,” Price said.

“To be so big, he’s very athletic. He ran a 5.2 forty, which is decent for his size. Tusculum’s coaches like the way he finished his blocks. They throw the ball a lot and are looking for players that fit their system.

“He is a good student as well as a good player. And he’s always doing the right thing.”

Hunter is qualified to play immediately at Tusculum. He scored 21 on the ACT and has a 3.2 grade point average. He plans to major in pre-pharmacy.

Shoupe, a fellow senior, certainly appreciates having Hunter as his bodyguard last season.

“It’s very important to know you’ve got your blind side protected,” Shoupe said.

“Whenever I dropped back to pass, I always knew he had my back. He always gave me a little extra time to throw the ball.”

Tusculum College head football coach Frankie DeBusk looks forward to getting Hunter on campus.

“Logan is a great young man that, as a player, has tons of upside,” DeBusk said late Thursday afternoon.

“He is big and raw, and we feel he will come here to Tusculum and blossom into a good football player. 

“His best years are ahead of him, and we are excited to get him here in the weight room and watch him grow.”