The Fizz drooled over Christ the King’s Terrel Hunt last week, after his explosive first two games. I spoke with the ‘Cuse bound senior for another edition of the FizzCast.
Hunt had looks from UConn, Boston College, and Rutgers, but had an important campus visit to SU.
“I felt real comfortable being there, The coaches made me feel like there’s no other place I could stay for four years. So I never left home.”
That’s been a consistent theme among recruits brought onto The Hill since Doug Marrone arrived on the scene. Couzens brought up how Malcolm Cater also found it impossible to say no to the Orange family. The SU coaching staff is lathering it on thick and it’s working.
It’s been discussed numerous times – Doug Marrone wants his players to know the history of the program. It’s important to him.
“He has set aside 15 minutes a day to talk to his players about life skills. He has assigned the team to read a history of the Syracuse team that won the national championship 50 years ago. They will be immersed in Syracuse the way that he immersed himself in Syracuse.”
It turns out Hunt’s uncle had won the battle before SU had won the recruiting war.
Hunt’s uncle was a huge Jim Brown fan, piquing young Terrel’s interest in the ‘Cuse early on. His favorite movie?
“What really made me get interested in SU was the movie, ‘The Express.’
I went to go see it in the movie theaters, and I [saw] it on DVD. I actually have the DVD too.”
That’s right, he owns the film. The ‘Cuse has been on Terrel’s radar for awhile, and he says his uncle is loving his college choice. Terrel also knows that Marrone is a city guy.
This is something that ‘Cuse fans should be absolutely salivating over. The Orange has a recruit in the bag who not only is willing to learn about the program’s history, but who already has an initiation through media and a family member.
Not to mention one simple fact: Hunt can play.
The kid can run, throw, and even plays mean in the secondary. And he knows that when the game is on the line, he needs to step up.
“On fourth down I’m taking the ball. I’m putting it in my hands. But I’m also trusting my wide receivers on fourth down for a long bomb or a short run.”
His team won 22-14 this past week, bringing a squad that went 1-8 last season to 3-0. He ran for 85 yards, and, while tossing for just 65, still guided his team to victory.
He can do everything include make your breakfast. And he wants to compete for a roster spot next fall.
“I’m going in contending my first year. If I redshirt my freshman year, I think that’s good, because I get to know this program a little bit more, more on the defenses, workout more, get stronger. But I’m going in contending, trying to get that starting spot.”
Hunt’s eager to move on to the next level and Orange fans should love it. Because he already loves the school.
Posted: Ted Conroy