UT drops interest in commitment after second arrest

Hunter faces assault charge in BB gun shooting

DeeJay Hunter

DeeJay Hunter

DeeJay Hunter

DeeJay Hunter

A Tennessee football commitment is no longer being recruited by the Vols after his second brush with the law since July.

Dwayne “DeeJay” Hunter Jr. of Middletown (Ohio) High School, a 6-foot, 196-pound defensive back, is facing a felonious assault charge in the BB gun shooting of another teenager who was struck twice in the head, the Middletown Journal reported Friday citing police.

Hunter, 18, was arrested Tuesday, a day after a 15-year-old boy was shot in the cheek and left eyelid, police said. Juvenile detectives took Hunter into custody at school.

Hunter committed to UT on July 9 after making a visit to Knoxville, although there were reports earlier in the week he was keeping his options open and would be visiting Big Ten schools.

UT officials were only made aware of Hunter's troubled past today after learning about the newspaper report.

The Middletown Journal reported that Hunter was also arrested in July and charged as a juvenile with aggravated trespassing, assault and criminal damaging after kicking in the door at a residence and assaulting a girl.

It's not clear if the incident took place after his commitment to UT. Hunter was also being recruited by several Big Ten schools, including Ohio State and Michigan.

Juvenile Detective Fred Shuemake told the newspaper that Hunter entered a guilty plea to a lesser charge and was to told to stay away from the girl. Butler County Juvenile court would not release any information because Hunter was a juvenile at the time of the offense, according to court adminstrator Rob Clevenger.

In Tuesday’s incident, police said Hunter and Terez Terry, 18, were driving at about 4:30 p.m. Monday when someone fired two shots, hitting the 15-year-old twice in the face. The boy was taken to the Atrium Medical Center for treatment.

Terry is charged with obstruction of official business. He was also a member of the football team.

Lt. Rodney Muterspaw told the newspaper it appears the victim was shot at random.

“The kid was just walking home minding his business and got shot twice,” he said.

Hunter was released from the Middletown City Jail after posting bond Wednesday. He is scheduled to appear in Middletown Municipal Court on Jan. 21.

Rivals.com ranks Hunter as a four-star prospect and the No. 14 cornerback prospect in the nation, while Scout.com gave Hunter three stars and lists him as its No. 36 cornerback.

Drew Edwards covers University of Tennessee football. He may be reached at 865-342-6274.

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redstickvol writes:

I think CLK needs to reserve judgement until an investigation is carried out. If Hunter is also found guilty on this most recent charge, CLK needs to make a strong statement and withdraw his scholarship offer and give it someone with integrity.

vol88 writes:

Enjoy juco.

crappieking writes:

Cut the ties CLK. Perception is very powerful. If there's smoke there's fire.

ChattVol2485 writes:

Enjoy jail.

volfan_stuck_in_jersey writes:

whats the recruiting info on this guy? I haven't heard much about him.

Volunatic writes:

in response to redstickvol:

I think CLK needs to reserve judgement until an investigation is carried out. If Hunter is also found guilty on this most recent charge, CLK needs to make a strong statement and withdraw his scholarship offer and give it someone with integrity.

I think his scholarship offer should be revoked based on the earlier assault and aggravated tresspassing incident.
I'd really like to UT strive to be a program which doesn't have ANY criminal-athletes embarrassing the school and team. If making a serious effort to clean up the program results in an occasional extra loss, so be it.

dvols writes:

no more stories needed, he will never be tennessee news!

creepykev#228270 writes:

pull the offer

VolunteerMan writes:

Best of luck kid............elsewhere.

JMP_Vols writes:

Buh-bye!!

Throw away a golden opportunity for what??

thevoice writes:

Is this Pacman's cousin? LOL

hallsguy writes:

If the kid committed in July,that would have been Fulmer's recruit.Phil would have given him a second or third or even fourth chance if he was on the level of Eric Berry.
Kiffin needs to jerl his offer,pronto.

TrouserCough writes:

see ya. Miami will still offer.

gotvols writes:

The guy is a thug. UT should strive to find the most upstanding student atheletes they can. When there is discipline, there is winning attitudes....

mattfriedman58#226364 writes:

Dump him... with so much going on right now, the team doesn't need the added distraction of an idiot who can't control his temper, and will only draw negative publicity to the university and it's athletic program.

There's plenty of other talent out there worth pursuing.

redstickvol writes:

in response to Volunatic:

I think his scholarship offer should be revoked based on the earlier assault and aggravated tresspassing incident.
I'd really like to UT strive to be a program which doesn't have ANY criminal-athletes embarrassing the school and team. If making a serious effort to clean up the program results in an occasional extra loss, so be it.

I agree with you. I just meant that CLK should not pull the scholly based on this latest incident because Hunter has not been proven guilty nor has he pled guilty. If CLK pulls the offer now, it will look like an assumption on his part that Hunter is guilty. You know that whole, "innocent until proven guilty" bit.

redstickvol writes:

By the way, found this interesting little tid-bit on a certain better website.

"Tennessee's momentum in assembling a football coaching staff continued today when multiple sources confirmed to VolQuest.com that Eddie Gran is en route to Knoxville to join head coach Lane Kiffin's staff as running backs coach.
A former 10-year assistant coach at Auburn who had at least six running backs in the NFL this season, Gran also will play a major role in running Tennessee's special teams. In fact, one source indicated Gran's special teams prowess was a determining factor in Gran securing a job offer from Tennessee."

Volquest. com says that CLK has hit a "Gran Slam" with this one. I hope this doesn't mean that Drayton is gone. Maybe Gran could be special teams and assistant running backs coach. Who knows. Either way, we got another great recruiter and coach.

JBruce writes:

What a doucheback!!

redstickvol writes:

Totally missed the boat. Should have said, "on a certain RIVAL website."

LOL

huntined#565710 writes:

I think we were going to use him as a shooting expert...have him sit on the sideline and shoot Tebow ECT.
WITH HIS B.B. GUN...
He was just taking pratice before he came to U.T. Maybe we missed it when his coach said he had always been A STRAIGHT SHOOTER..

sayhitomaggie writes:

Well let's hope that his options are VERY open to some Big Ten schools in hopes that that's where he'll be. Seeing the sort of "clean house" attitude Kiffin is taking on, it's doubtful this guy will be here in the fall...

Down_The_Field writes:

Assaulted a girl? Hummmm.....at least it wasn't the mother of his child which seems to be popular.

Opening his options to Big Ten schools, he states. I'll bet the opening got larger once bail was posted.

Hope CLK drops this guy.

sgtvols writes:

please do not insult us with this hoodlum. send hi ssorry butt to jail/do not pass go. ok kiffin timeto man up

SeanJean writes:

Cut him loose. Enough of these guys.

jimmyrayvol writes:

CLK has to show he's all about the best interest of UT, and cut this kid loose.

The_Real_UT writes:

in response to redstickvol:

By the way, found this interesting little tid-bit on a certain better website.

"Tennessee's momentum in assembling a football coaching staff continued today when multiple sources confirmed to VolQuest.com that Eddie Gran is en route to Knoxville to join head coach Lane Kiffin's staff as running backs coach.
A former 10-year assistant coach at Auburn who had at least six running backs in the NFL this season, Gran also will play a major role in running Tennessee's special teams. In fact, one source indicated Gran's special teams prowess was a determining factor in Gran securing a job offer from Tennessee."

Volquest. com says that CLK has hit a "Gran Slam" with this one. I hope this doesn't mean that Drayton is gone. Maybe Gran could be special teams and assistant running backs coach. Who knows. Either way, we got another great recruiter and coach.

Sorry Bro, Drayton is gone. He was extended an offer by Kiff but declined. Hasn't made the headlines yet, but expect it within a few days. I don't think Drayton liked being CLK's next best option after Brian Schneider turned him down to go to USC.

kdaff51 writes:

Send this kid to the Big 10. Hasnt even gotten started and he is already a problem.

Reflections writes:

cut him loose-NOW

VolGraduate writes:

If it were one arrest or just the bb gun incident I would say give him a second chance. Kids do stupid chit. We used to shoot skaters with paintball guns and laugh our azzes off. It's still seems pretty funny but I wouldn't do it today. Having said that he already had his second chance after the first arrest so show him the door.

pabashia#208095 writes:

Sorry, go someplace else. We're full up on Stupid.

Volunatic writes:

in response to General_Watermelon:

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With Kryptonite BBs.

WorkinLikeHeck writes:

Foolmore probably met with his victims at a Shoney's and declared his investigation over. He's just a gosh darn young man.

redstickvol writes:

in response to The_Real_UT:

Sorry Bro, Drayton is gone. He was extended an offer by Kiff but declined. Hasn't made the headlines yet, but expect it within a few days. I don't think Drayton liked being CLK's next best option after Brian Schneider turned him down to go to USC.

Thanks for the info. Oh, well. I do think this will be a definite upgrade, I just didn't like the prospect of seeing someone (seemingly loyal) strung out and then let go. However, if he declined, that's his decision and I wish him the best. Let's just hope he doesn't try or succeed in pulling some of our recruits away. It seems as if we don't really need any help loosing recruits. Lastly, I am excited to see what this weekend will bring.

doverton#635371 (Inactive) writes:

in response to jimmyrayvol:

CLK has to show he's all about the best interest of UT, and cut this kid loose.

I strongly agree. It should not matter if he is a four or five star recruit. The ball is in CLK'S court.My bet is this kid will never set foot on campus.Keep the team free from trash such as this.I will be disappointed if CK handles it diffeerently.Pull the scholarship offer!!

UTVol4Life80 writes:

in response to redstickvol:

By the way, found this interesting little tid-bit on a certain better website.

"Tennessee's momentum in assembling a football coaching staff continued today when multiple sources confirmed to VolQuest.com that Eddie Gran is en route to Knoxville to join head coach Lane Kiffin's staff as running backs coach.
A former 10-year assistant coach at Auburn who had at least six running backs in the NFL this season, Gran also will play a major role in running Tennessee's special teams. In fact, one source indicated Gran's special teams prowess was a determining factor in Gran securing a job offer from Tennessee."

Volquest. com says that CLK has hit a "Gran Slam" with this one. I hope this doesn't mean that Drayton is gone. Maybe Gran could be special teams and assistant running backs coach. Who knows. Either way, we got another great recruiter and coach.

Drayton has already turned down an offer from CLK. I guess he did't want to be CLK's 3rd or 4th choice. He is hearing from ND, Ok. St., Syracuse, and S. Carolina that I know of. Nothing official on offers or anything. But expect an announcement about him leaving in the next few days. Good recruiter and decent coach, but we'll be just fine. Best of luck to him...

GreerVol22 writes:

I say again.."Hey Bruce! looks like we found a "shooting" guard that can hit something!!

VolGraduate writes:

watermelon and workinlikeheck smell like cabbage

jacksfacts writes:

Rival site also reporting Frank Wilson and WIllie Mack Garza to round out staff. As I said I've only been a member for a month but it's worth the price. GVX should report all of this by tomorrow morning.

blitzshoot writes:

What a joke. It will be disappointing if Kiffin doesn't drop this kid like a bad habit.

Jamey1210 writes:

Man I am starting to wonder if CLK has gotten word to boycott GVX. I hoped with the new coach that things would change and they might be able to get some inside track on some good articles. They suck just as bad as when Fulmer was here. No new news what so ever. You can go to any other site and see breaking news. Good Job GVX maybe you need to sign up for vol quest so you can get the news quicker through email and just copy past at the same time they post. You are the main Ktown site and your reporting is pitiful. You might want to think about hiring some of your posters on here. Two coaches in the past two days and I have already read what you all will post. Sad!

BigMikeUT writes:

Let's cut bait and get out of there...no room for kids like this at Tennessee. With the coaching staff we're putting together, we should only accept the best of the best and that includes character. Picking on girls and 15 year olds is inexcusable. Pull the offer. I'm sure Kiffin will do the right thing here.

blitzshoot writes:

There's always the University of "Lawrence Phillips" Nebraska.

bes4#389390 writes:

We DO NOT need that kind of attention at Tennessee. I agree that where there is smoke there is fire. Go find another recruit. I LOVE the Big Orange and win or lose, I'd rather have men of integrity that give it their all for Tennessee than fabulous athletes with a penchant for trouble.

The perfect scenario would be men of integrity that can win, but I'll still take integrity over athleticism any day, especially for a college program.

Jamey1210 writes:

please post links Jacks

jcherrie#219531 (Inactive) writes:

Guilty beyond a reasonable doubt is between him and the police. Tennessee needs to yank that scholarship immediately if any of this is true - and not wait for trial.

While everyone is entitled to due process, a scholarship is a earned privilege not a right. Innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt should be the standard for prosecution within the criminal justice system but that does not mean that this young man should not have his scholarship revoked immediately.

CLK is trying to recruit not only the best athletes but the the best ambassadors for the University of Tennessee. CLK makes his best guess about playing ability at the next level based on game films, recommendations, recruiting experts, and his staff evaluations.

Likewise, judgements are made on the young man's character by coach recommendations, meeting the family, academic record, and by talking to the young man.

The criminal justice system rightfully has a strict requirement for evidence. The University of Tennessee does not require such a strict burden of proof.

MiserableFloridaVol writes:

I hear Hargrave is nice in the fall. Enjoy it.

jacksfacts writes:

in response to Jamey1210:

please post links Jacks

No links yet only what is being reported by volquest staff.

TommyJack writes:

Lose this Mope.

Jamey1210 writes:

in response to jacksfacts:

No links yet only what is being reported by volquest staff.

can you copy paste what your reading? I am not sure about these hires. I found somewhere that both were heading to Missippi state when googling both names

Volunatic writes:

in response to Jamey1210:

Man I am starting to wonder if CLK has gotten word to boycott GVX. I hoped with the new coach that things would change and they might be able to get some inside track on some good articles. They suck just as bad as when Fulmer was here. No new news what so ever. You can go to any other site and see breaking news. Good Job GVX maybe you need to sign up for vol quest so you can get the news quicker through email and just copy past at the same time they post. You are the main Ktown site and your reporting is pitiful. You might want to think about hiring some of your posters on here. Two coaches in the past two days and I have already read what you all will post. Sad!

KNS had pretty thorough coverage of UT Football until Fulmer figured out the good cop/bad cop strategy employed by Griffith/Adams. Griffith got the inside info pretty quickly by being the "homer", then Adams got the readership by using said inside info as he pleased. It only took Fulmer 15 years to notice the strategy, too. Sharpest tool in the shed, him. Yessirree.

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