Pinehurst, N.C.’s Lucas Hunter has been playing quarterback for just two years, but he’s clearly a natural as a field general. The Freshman450 selection and 2023 athlete has already received an offer from Alabama’s Faulkner University, but Hunter knows that he has to continue working hard to improve to get to the next level and beyond. Hunter is proving that he has the on-field skills to lead a team as the starting quarterback for the freshman team at Pinecrest High School in Southern Pines, N.C. In addition to his size (6’2”, 175 lbs.), running speed and throwing accuracy, he notes that his leadership and ability to read a defense are two of his strengths.
“We run the veer, and I have to read the entire defense, as I have options to run, handoff or pass the ball with most plays in our system,” he said.
Hunter’s ball placement is also a strength, since he has to get the ball to his receivers in a hurry. His throws have to be in tight windows of space, which he does very well. But just when defenses think his specialty is short throws, watch out—Hunter can burn teams with his long, accurate throws. His 8th grade highlight film proves just that.
One of his most memorable highlights this season was when he led his team 65 yards down the field for a touchdown and two-point conversion with just 30 left for a thrilling come-from-behind win.
In preparation for the next level, Hunter has plans to put in the work and then some.
“I will be participating in spring ball in May 2020 at the conclusion of track season,” he said, which is the second of several sports he plays, along with AAU Basketball. “I plan on attending camps at NC State, University of North Carolina and Old Dominion University. I will also be attending the Rivals Combine and Nike Combine this spring. Attending camps has helped me improve with my footwork and reading of defenses. I will work with my private QB coach this winter and prior to each camp in preparation for the camps.
“As a 14 year old, and the youngest player in my class, I feel I am progressing well as a QB,” he added. “I put in a lot of extra work with a private QB coach and the varsity head coach.”
Hunter also puts in extra work to be a top student at Pinecrest High School, taking honors classes and earning a 4.0 GPA.
Playing football runs in his family. His father, John Hunter, was a walk-on at TCU while on an ROTC scholarship 2002-2003, and his brother, Zachary, played nose tackle at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.
“My family is very proud of my accomplishments and the opportunities football and sports are providing me,” he said. “They have sacrificed a lot to get me to camps and workouts to help me achieve my goals of playing football in college. Without my family supporting me, I would not be where I am today as a football player.”
Hunter is proud to be recognized by Youth1 and knows he must keep pushing hard to be a continued success on the field.
“I am humbled to be recognized by Youth1 as part of the Freshman450,” he noted. “This recognition reinforces all the work I am putting in with my mechanics and in the weight room. There are so many great athletes in the class of 2023, I know I can’t let up and that I must keep working hard and getting better every day."
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Article written by Tom Warnick.
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