Coming off of a broken leg in 2015, Walnut (Ms.) Attendance Center athlete Monterio Hunt is determined to show everyone he’s back and at full strength from his season ending injury last year. Mississippi State offered Hunt before the time of his injury, but the Bulldogs’ offer stood regardless and resulted in a late-March commitment.
Hunt took a trip back to Mississippi State’s campus this past Friday for the school’s camp, and this event also served as an opportunity for the three-star wide receiver to test out the strength of his leg.
“This past Friday that was my second camp of the summer being down there,” Hunt said. “I had been down there plenty of times, but this past Friday was my second camp of the summer at Mississippi State. It was actually the elite camp for all the top prospects to come there. We all got down there and competed and got after it.”
During the camp, Mississippi State landed commitments from three players, all of which are members of the offensive line. With these recruits in the fold, Mississippi State now has the No. 14 class in the country based on 247Sports.com‘s ranking. And according to Hunt, this was a considerable position of need for the Bulldogs, and he is glad to have new members of his 2017 class aboard.
“I don’t know the names of the top of my head, but there were three offensive line,” Hunt said. “That’s what we really needed. I’m glad we picked them up and there’s going to be more coming during the season. The three offensive linemen we got was a big add on to our 2017 commitment class. I feel like we are going to have a good class coming in whenever we get down there.
“It was just great getting to know the people that I’m going to be teaming up with. It’s going to be good. Basically I just felt like it was a practice together to see what it’s like when everyone gets down there during the season. There’s a lot of great guys.”
With scholarship offers on the table from two other schools, Hunt decided to commit to Mississippi State for a multitude of reasons.
“First of all, it was the place that offered me back last summer,” Hunt said. “It was my first offer, and after me breaking my leg in my junior season they stuck with me the whole time. Second of all, I had a couple family members that played there. I felt like it was home. Every time I went down there, they treated me like I was one of them already. They really embraced me committing to them and having a chance to play for them regardless of my injury.”
During the offseason, Hunt’s main goal has been to work on rehabilitating his leg and getting stronger than it had been before. In addition to that area of focus, Hunt is also refining his leadership skills in hopes of improving team chemistry this coming season.
“I feel a whole lot better,” Hunt said. “Going to these camps and giving it my all, I just feel a whole lot better than I did last year.”
Checking in at 6-foot-1 and 180-pounds, Hunt is a versatile player who took snaps out of the backfield in addition to his duty split outside at receiver in 2015. Hunt shows superb balance and is difficult to bring down, leading to a high amount of yards after contact. When combined with his vision and quick footwork, Hunt is a problem for opposing defenses and looks to torch collegiate defenses in the same way.
“I’m going to win regardless,” Hunt said. “If there is anyone who has never seen me play, I’m going to show them why I’m that good. Not to be cocky or anything, but I’m going to show them that I’m going to work hard and give it my all, 110-percent every single time.”
Click here for a link to Hunt’s junior highlight tape to see what type of player Mississippi State will be receiving.