Hunter’s Improvement Aids Breakout Senior Year

Written by: Mike Faulkner

Nicholas Hunter’s senior season was a positive outlook. Hapeville Charter went 6-3 in their first year of joining Class 4-A, and Hunter aided his team by getting 12 sacks and 55 tackles, earning All-State honors by both our website and the AJC.  The Senior defensive lineman comes in at 6’5” 215 lbs., which shows his athleticism and upside. 

Hunter felt like over the course of the season he got better with his get-off speed at the snap. Hunter also feels that his speed helps give him have an edge as a pass rusher going against opponents.

“I would still like to get stronger, that’s the main thing,” Hunter said on where he would like to improve.

Overall, Hunter helped bring pressure to the opponent’s quarterbacks’ each Friday.

“Doing my job and assignment gave the DB’s time to do their job,” Hunter said. 

Watching film and understanding the opponent’s offense also helped Hunter so that he could do his job for the team. Every Monday, Hunter watched film and then throughout the week with his teammates too.

Currently, Hunter is still deciding on a school for the future. The senior defensive lineman is currently talking to Gardner-Webb, Kansas, and Memphis. 

Hunter still plans to make a commitment and sign on February 1st on National Signing Day.

RG’s Take: Nicholas Hunter is one of the higher upside edge rushers in the class of 2021. Up until his senior year, Hunter was sub-200 lbs. but made incredible gains to fill out his frame. He just scratching at the surface of his upside, but you have to love the versatility he shows playing both MIKE or off the edge for Hapeville Charter. According to our notes, the senior has grown two inches and 35 lbs. over the last year. Hunter is a new-era defender whose versatility, length, and speed should be coveted by FBS programs, and definitely one of the true sleepers to slip between the cracks this fall in the state of Georgia. 



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