Hunter Earns All-Combine Honors at Fortius Project
Rising senior Jordin Hunter made a near three-hour drive on Saturday morning to arrive on the campus of Itawamba community college in Fulton, Miss., for the Fortius Project.
At the end of the day he was wearing an all-combine medal around his neck. Needless to say, the trip was worth the drive for the Terry star.
“I couldn’t even sleep last night I was so amped up for this camp,” Hunter told SES Mississippi following his performance Saturday. “I got up five and didn’t even eat I was so anxious.”
“I think I did pretty good. I’m always in for improvement. Nobody’s perfect, so you train until you can fulfill those expectations that the coaches want to see.”
Physically, Hunter stands out among signal callers. He posses a long frame that’s begun to fill in, as well as plus arm strength. He was able to throw on the run, as well as launch it downfield as accurate as any QB on hand.
Coming in Hunter wanted to improve his accuracy on shorter throws, which seemed more than solid following an adjustment to his base.
But throwing into the box is something Hunter brings a unique perspective on to the quarterback position. Last season he played linebacker, registering more than 40 tackles plus a pick and a sack.
“I’ve played defense since little league,” He explained.
“But I’ve always wanted to be the leader and shot caller. So I tried out my 10th grade year and that was my breakout. So I felt it was for me to go back to it this year. Even though coach is putting me on both sides this year, it’s a blessing.”
Following his trip to the Fortius Project, Hunter is feeling confident in his game at quarterback. Especially after working with ICC offensive coordinator Chad Cook. Next on his mind, offensively, is building chemistry with his wideouts, especially on deep routes. That’s part of the adjustment as he will be stepping back into that role behind center this fall.
“Im quick in the pocket, and I’m not afraid to drop my shoulder and get ugly,” He said.
On defense, however, there will be no adjustment. Just sharpening his skills based on the experience in his rearview mirror.
“I’m very aggressive,” Hunter said when asked about his game on defense. “I can really chase down and hawk tackle. I collect a lot of ground real quick to make solid blows.”
Terry finished 7-5 in 2017, a two-win improvement from 2016. After two-straight wins in the middle of October last season the Bulldogs were 7-3, but would drop the final two contests. That’s the taste Hunter and his teammates will begin the 2018 season trying to get out of their mouths.