Hunter set to make jump to Vols

Justin Hunter of Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia signed with the University of Tennessee on Wednesday.

L. Todd Spencer/The Virginian-Pilot

Justin Hunter of Ocean Lakes High School in Virginia signed with the University of Tennessee on Wednesday.

The last jumps in high school are in the books.

Now Justin Hunter is ready to leap headfirst into college and get started with Tennessee - and two teams will be anxiously awaiting his arrival next month.

The highly touted receiver has been expected to provide a major boost for the football Vols since signing with Derek Dooley in February, but the biggest beneficiary might be the track team based on one final prolific meet for Ocean Lakes (Va.) High School last weekend. Hunter wrapped up his prep career by sweeping the long, high and triple jump titles to lead the Dolphins to the Group AAA state championship, and his marks might not have been the most impressive part of the performance.

"I was dealing with like a foot injury, tightness in my right foot, so the long jump was like a one-and-done jump," Hunter said Monday. "I had a little bit of a trouble in the high jump, then (the winning) jump came out of nowhere. In the triple, my third jump I was just trying to make it to the finals and I ended up winning.

"The foot was just something nagging. It's all good, though."

It obviously wasn't bad enough to keep him from setting a meet record in the long jump at 25 feet, 8 3/4 inches, clearing 7 feet in the high jump or rebounding from a rough start to complete the trifecta with a triple jump of 50-8 1/4 on Saturday.

Hunter also isn't expecting the foot to limit him when he arrives on campus July 5 for summer school and starts to turn his attention to football, where Dooley can surely use his athleticism on offense.

Along with early enrollees Ted Meline and Matt Milton and five-star recruit Da'Rick Rogers, Hunter helped make up one of the top two or three receiving classes in the country on National Signing Day. And all four of them could have an early impact for the Vols, who could be deeper at that position than any other on the roster and provide either Matt Simms or Tyler Bray plenty of options at quarterback.

But if for some reason Hunter isn't able to make the splash he wants right away this fall, there will still be another team patiently waiting to give him a chance to make up for it.

"It's kind of dead-even between the sports right now for me," Hunter said. "I've been asked about that by a whole bunch of people just around the neighborhood about which one would I rather pursue the most, and I don't even know yet. That's a decision to make later on in college.

"Right now all I know is that I'm just going to have to memorize the playbook and just get a little bit stronger. I'm going to have to improve. I know (college) is going to be faster, and that's about it. I'm not nervous about it all. I'm ready to come in and perform, and there's no reason to be nervous."

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marnel1958 writes:

FIRST!!!! Sorry, all, I just had to do it!

ravensearay writes:

At least make a positive comment if your going to act like a fool

vol_chaz writes:

This kid rounds out a fantastic WR group this year.

VolGrad writes:

At 6'5" and 180 lbs, Justin needs to put on some serious muscle weight to survive an SEC campaign.

RJ_Vol writes:

Love that hat and orange tie. Welcome to Big Orange Country and Wide Receiver U.

VolGrad writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEAR:

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I don't have those specific stats on Randy while he was at Marshall, but I do know that Marshall was a member of the MAC at the time, not the SEC.

VolGrad writes:

Randy is listed at 6'4" 210 lbs now. That is 30 pounds heavier than Justin.

Slystone writes:

A kid with a shirt and tie on. How refreshing in 2010.

rockytopvol writes:

All week at the under armor game practices Hunter and Rogers is all they talked about at reciever, even likened Hunter to A.J. Green out of high school.UT is set at reciever for 3 years...

CHITOWNVOL writes:

i would love to see all 4 of the new WRs not redshirt and make an impact this season. it will be tempting for them to sit it out considering Jones is going to be the key guy, and hopefully will have a monster year. Moore too for that matter. we need some deep ball to take the pressure off the run game too. if i had to guess at this point, Stocker will probably have 10 balls thrown at him per game

AtLeastMyTeamHasPerfectSeasons writes:

Thanks for picking the orange.Now join your fellow receivers and help out the QBs this year..

cjones72 writes:

in response to VolGrad:

At 6'5" and 180 lbs, Justin needs to put on some serious muscle weight to survive an SEC campaign.

Look at jermaine copeland he was a small receiver and he was one of the best we had .

tmartin writes:

in response to cjones72:

Look at jermaine copeland he was a small receiver and he was one of the best we had .

Yeah, he was money at a muffing a punt. . . I hope that was dripping with sarcasam when you posted it.

cjones72 writes:

in response to tmartin:

Yeah, he was money at a muffing a punt. . . I hope that was dripping with sarcasam when you posted it.

Tee liked him pretty good .

cjones72 writes:

in response to Navalorange:

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Thank you its good to see someone that remembers how good he was when he was at TENNESSEE . i cant remember how many diving catches he caught in the back of the checkerboard.

cjones72 writes:

in response to Navalorange:

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But it dont matter who we bring up most of the people on here would complain about our team this year if we had payton at QB , peerliss price at receiver on one side , jermaine on the other ,travis henry at RB ,and the whole Oline from the 98 team back . Its just all they know how to do is complain.

cjones72 writes:

in response to Navalorange:

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Yes it is.

DaddyVol writes:

Looks like a nice young man with a contagious smile.

Good luck son...we're behind you. So please make sure you are behind us.

ViperOrange writes:

in response to cjones72:

Tee liked him pretty good .

Tee also had Peerless Price and the tripple T backfield.

always_vol (Inactive) writes:

Good-looking kid. Let's hope he excels in football first (sorry track guys....)

OrangeBeer writes:

Copeland was a solid receiver, and had some electric catches during his time here...

pdhuff#552644 writes:

Great group of recievers who'll grow up fast.

Expect the ball to be coming very quickly.

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

in response to brown-bag-vol-fan:

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So true!! We have been without a WR over 6'1" for a long time..I can see this kid hauling many TDs on fade routes to the corner of the end zone..He has a kind of Pickens thing going on ; multiple talents; real athlete

SummittsCourt writes:

Leave it to the negative ninnies to turn a positive article into something negative.

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

in response to CHITOWNVOL:

i would love to see all 4 of the new WRs not redshirt and make an impact this season. it will be tempting for them to sit it out considering Jones is going to be the key guy, and hopefully will have a monster year. Moore too for that matter. we need some deep ball to take the pressure off the run game too. if i had to guess at this point, Stocker will probably have 10 balls thrown at him per game

Sadly Jones and Moore are not deep threats; Having a QB that can make that throw helps too.Meline and Hunter fit the bill..Totally agree about Stocker.It is so important to have a OC that draws good routes for a TE..Stocker has already proven he can get open and make those crucial 3rd and 9 catches that move the chains

marnel1958 writes:

in response to slaw_way:

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Thanks, onesolarmall !!

easleychuck writes:

in response to CHITOWNVOL:

i would love to see all 4 of the new WRs not redshirt and make an impact this season. it will be tempting for them to sit it out considering Jones is going to be the key guy, and hopefully will have a monster year. Moore too for that matter. we need some deep ball to take the pressure off the run game too. if i had to guess at this point, Stocker will probably have 10 balls thrown at him per game

I would rather have the coaching staff make a strong evaluation of what is coming back and factor in what is best for the team overall. Burning a season just for the sake of playing 4 freshman wides may not make sense.

Good luck to Mr.Hunter, his skill set of hops and leaps is amazing. It could lead to some amazing things on the field.

licknpromise777#651578 writes:

Looking back at this signing class; I just don't see a lot of guys that could be a bust..Out of the blue we stoled Loften;DaRick;Hunter and Neal!!!It appears that most of the freshman are starting summer classes now..KNS has reported nothing on Neal;Neal is hardly a step down from Bryce..Neal could easily be #2 back by mid season..Does anyone know anything about his status????

easleychuck writes:

in response to cjones72:

But it dont matter who we bring up most of the people on here would complain about our team this year if we had payton at QB , peerliss price at receiver on one side , jermaine on the other ,travis henry at RB ,and the whole Oline from the 98 team back . Its just all they know how to do is complain.

Didn't know Sean Payton played QB, who knew?

'Their' 'iz' 'onlee' 1 'naame' 'thit'
'an' 'Tennazee' 'fann' 'hais' 'too' 'spill' 'correctedly'.

lomas98 writes:

in response to cjones72:

But it dont matter who we bring up most of the people on here would complain about our team this year if we had payton at QB , peerliss price at receiver on one side , jermaine on the other ,travis henry at RB ,and the whole Oline from the 98 team back . Its just all they know how to do is complain.

Ths sad part is we actually had most of those guys on the same team at one time and people still complained about everything then.

tnbigg writes:

Good.

tmartin writes:

in response to Slystone:

A kid with a shirt and tie on. How refreshing in 2010.

Yeah, along with his bling

tmartin writes:

in response to Navalorange:

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You failed to mention his time in the XFL as well. . .

PHAT_VOL writes:

What a great class of Wide outs. But Da'Rick runs with a lot of power after the catch. That should put him a little ahead of the rest.

gnm53108 writes:

This is a damn good haul of recievers.

Couple the frosh with what we already have on campus we could go 4 wideouts and fling it all over place.

Coach Cutcliffe would have a field day.

gnm53108 writes:

in response to BolivarBob:

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Thanks Bob...Now I'm hungry.

martinvol34 writes:

in response to VolGrad:

At 6'5" and 180 lbs, Justin needs to put on some serious muscle weight to survive an SEC campaign.

Hey Dummy. Can you say AJ Green at Georgia and Sidney Rice for the Vikings that was at South Carolina. Speed and height trump physical corners and safeties so don't sell him short.

gnm53108 writes:

in response to slaw_way:

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I hope we do too.IMO Coach Chaney could really take advantage of the personel we have....But Coach Dooley would prefer a run oriented,multiple te kind of offense.

Just dont think we have the te's and exp on the o-line to do that this year.

KevDVol writes:

in response to lomas98:

Ths sad part is we actually had most of those guys on the same team at one time and people still complained about everything then.

Very true. I recall riding home from the 37-13 UT vs. UAB Homecoming victory in 1998 and listening to postgame comments on the radio. The game was close at the half but the Vols finished strong. Ohio State had just lost which meant that we would be ranked #1 the next day (with 3 regular season games left). A caller named Ray voiced his disgust at the lousy display he had just witnessed. When it was pointed out that UT would soon be top ranked, Ray was unimpressed and continued to criticize the Vols.

If we can't be excited about someone who wins the state in 3 events, obviously loves to compete and has chosen to be a Vol....then we have become Ray.

gnm53108 writes:

in response to KevDVol:

Very true. I recall riding home from the 37-13 UT vs. UAB Homecoming victory in 1998 and listening to postgame comments on the radio. The game was close at the half but the Vols finished strong. Ohio State had just lost which meant that we would be ranked #1 the next day (with 3 regular season games left). A caller named Ray voiced his disgust at the lousy display he had just witnessed. When it was pointed out that UT would soon be top ranked, Ray was unimpressed and continued to criticize the Vols.

If we can't be excited about someone who wins the state in 3 events, obviously loves to compete and has chosen to be a Vol....then we have become Ray.

Ray huh....zz,naffy,dc,ect?

voloffaith writes:

in response to easleychuck:

Didn't know Sean Payton played QB, who knew?

'Their' 'iz' 'onlee' 1 'naame' 'thit'
'an' 'Tennazee' 'fann' 'hais' 'too' 'spill' 'correctedly'.

You mean he should have speeeled Peyton as Peyton? Thot that was what ewe meant...

On topic,we will see how August days play out to get ready for the feared UT Martin.....Yes I know who follows after that. Look for quick routes if O-Line can't deliver. Dump and dink if you will. Yes I know corners will play up and try to jump the route and intercept and be taking it to the house. That's where pump fake with corner biting and hitting medium route that breaks big can keep them honest. GO BIG ORANGE!!!

GerryOP writes:

88 -- Fear The Dooley Dude...

tmartin writes:

in response to licknpromise777#651578:

Looking back at this signing class; I just don't see a lot of guys that could be a bust..Out of the blue we stoled Loften;DaRick;Hunter and Neal!!!It appears that most of the freshman are starting summer classes now..KNS has reported nothing on Neal;Neal is hardly a step down from Bryce..Neal could easily be #2 back by mid season..Does anyone know anything about his status????

You dont? Well thanks for the expertise. I thoughts busts were players that were anticipated to be good but turned out not to be; kind of hard to diagnose that just yet. I would think that if the coaching staff thought someone would be a bust, they wouldn't recruit them.

murrayvol writes:

I don't know of anyone winning the high, long, and triple jump at the state level....anywhere. On a bad wheel to boot.

This guy is an exceptional athlete. Just hope it translates to the football field.

And this collection of receivers could be the best ever in Knoxville.

gnm53108 writes:

in response to murrayvol:

I don't know of anyone winning the high, long, and triple jump at the state level....anywhere. On a bad wheel to boot.

This guy is an exceptional athlete. Just hope it translates to the football field.

And this collection of receivers could be the best ever in Knoxville.

Agree.

Just hope potential = results.

cjones72 writes:

in response to lomas98:

Ths sad part is we actually had most of those guys on the same team at one time and people still complained about everything then.

thats what im saying .

cjones72 writes:

in response to easleychuck:

Didn't know Sean Payton played QB, who knew?

'Their' 'iz' 'onlee' 1 'naame' 'thit'
'an' 'Tennazee' 'fann' 'hais' 'too' 'spill' 'correctedly'.

Thats the difference in me and most of the people on here i dont idolize payton . What did he do while he was here break alot of passing records .He didnt win a national title that was tee martin with most of the same offense payton had . And yes i spelled payton wrong on purpose .

easleychuck writes:

in response to cjones72:

Thats the difference in me and most of the people on here i dont idolize payton . What did he do while he was here break alot of passing records .He didnt win a national title that was tee martin with most of the same offense payton had . And yes i spelled payton wrong on purpose .

Again, who is this 'payton' that you speak of???

UT had a pretty good QB in the mid to late 90's by the name of Peyton. He quarterbacked 1 of the 2 SEC championships that Fulmer had. His teams were 3 - 1 in bowl games. He broke into the starting line-up about 4 games into his freshman season. He was a huge part of the best run of seasons that UT has had in the modern era. His teams went 3 - 1 against bammer, 4 - 0 against Georgia, and beat Ohio State as big underdogs in a bowl game. He displayed nothing but class and integrity his entire time on the hill. The positive attention that he brought to the program paid dividends in recruiting for several seasons after his departure. He continues to be the single player that epitimizes much of the good of UT football over the past 15 to 20 years.

A little trivia for you. How many national championships did the University Cincinnati win in basketball during Oscar Robertson's time at the school...none. So I suppose the 'Big O' just broke a bunch of records while he was there. No wait, he elevated that program to the edge of greatness that the team was able to achieve after he left resulting in multiple NCAA championships.

You can't spell Peyton Manning's name correctly because you are a 'hater' who has never achieved anything in your miserable life and this is one of the ways to draw attention to yourself. You come on a board and run down someone who has actually made something of his life while bringing great honor to a university that I choose to love and support thru both the good and bad times.

Grow up and, at least, try acting like a man, won't you.

And, back to the subject at hand. Welcome to UT, Mr.Hunter. Hopefully you will be a part of restoring this program back to the top of the SEC in the coming seasons. Your skill set is absolutely off the charts. Good luck to you.

tnbigg writes:

in response to GerryOP:

88 -- Fear The Dooley Dude...

What my esteemed distant relative several times removed said...

tmartin writes:

in response to easleychuck:

Again, who is this 'payton' that you speak of???

UT had a pretty good QB in the mid to late 90's by the name of Peyton. He quarterbacked 1 of the 2 SEC championships that Fulmer had. His teams were 3 - 1 in bowl games. He broke into the starting line-up about 4 games into his freshman season. He was a huge part of the best run of seasons that UT has had in the modern era. His teams went 3 - 1 against bammer, 4 - 0 against Georgia, and beat Ohio State as big underdogs in a bowl game. He displayed nothing but class and integrity his entire time on the hill. The positive attention that he brought to the program paid dividends in recruiting for several seasons after his departure. He continues to be the single player that epitimizes much of the good of UT football over the past 15 to 20 years.

A little trivia for you. How many national championships did the University Cincinnati win in basketball during Oscar Robertson's time at the school...none. So I suppose the 'Big O' just broke a bunch of records while he was there. No wait, he elevated that program to the edge of greatness that the team was able to achieve after he left resulting in multiple NCAA championships.

You can't spell Peyton Manning's name correctly because you are a 'hater' who has never achieved anything in your miserable life and this is one of the ways to draw attention to yourself. You come on a board and run down someone who has actually made something of his life while bringing great honor to a university that I choose to love and support thru both the good and bad times.

Grow up and, at least, try acting like a man, won't you.

And, back to the subject at hand. Welcome to UT, Mr.Hunter. Hopefully you will be a part of restoring this program back to the top of the SEC in the coming seasons. Your skill set is absolutely off the charts. Good luck to you.

I agree, Peyton helped lay the foundation for UT football and had great records and we won a lot of games. And once he got out of the way, we won a NC. There is no reason they shouldn't have done the same in 97 with even more talent. Perhaps the only bigger choke job was in 2001, maybe the best team UT has ever fielded talent wise.

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