The college football recruiting process has stalled for Pascagoula running back Reginald Hunter.
Entering the season, Hunter landed FBS scholarship offers from Louisville, Louisiana-Monroe, Louisiana-Lafayette and Tulane. Ole Miss and Memphis expressed interest, but neither school has offered. Nicholls State and Jackson State, two FCS programs, have also offered Hunter.
Saturday’s Bernard Blackwell North-South All-Star Classic gives Hunter an opportunity to show that he deserves a scholarship at one of the Power Five conference schools.
“I expected a lot more offers,” Hunter said. “I’m ready to show everyone that I can be an SEC running back. The lack of offers has made me run the ball harder.”
Hunter, who gained 1,244 yards rushing and scored 14 touchdowns as a senior, has already qualified academically.
The 5-foot-11 Hunter has enjoyed playing for the South All-Stars. West Marion’s Damien Johnson, Noxapater’s Keonte Daniels, Lawrence County’s Quitten Brown, and Chris Cooley of Wayne County are the South running backs.
“It’s a great experience to play with other talented running backs,” Hunter said. “I’m glad to be running in an offense run by Long Beach coach Forrest Williams. I like our offense at Pascagoula, but its a little different.”
Williams, the South squad’s offensive coordinator, is impressed with Hunter’s skill set.
“Hunter’s very elusive and a powerful runner,” Williams said. “He’s very smart and does a good job of picking up what we’re doing.”
Hunter learned a lot from his father, Reginald Hunter Sr. The elder Hunter starred at Moss Point and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in the mid-1990’s.
“My dad taught me to run north and south and use the stiff-arm,” Hunter said. “Some people say I’m better than my dad. Other people say I’m not better than my dad.”
Bernard Blackwell North/South All-Star Football Game
When: 11:30 a.m. Saturday
Where: Milner Stadium, Gulfport