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."