Tevailance Hunt's climb among 12 local juniors with at least one NCAA Division I FBS scholarship opportunity continued Thursday thanks to an offer extended by Southern Mississippi.

The Golden Eagles' offer pushed the Texas High receiver, who reported the news to, into a tie for fourth place in sheer amount of FBS offers alongside Tyler Lee quarterback Chance Amie.

Arp safety DeMarvion Overshown, Carthage running back Keontay Ingram and Marshall guard Chasen Hines are the guys in front of Hunt and Amie. Hines, in third place, has 14 college options at the FBS level.

Hunt (6-2, 180) helped guide Texas High to a 10-0 regular season last year ahead of a mildly surprising loss in the bi-district round of the Class 5A Division I state playoffs to West Mesquite. He caught 36 passes for a second-best 701 yards on the team and scored 10 touchdowns through his junior season.

Senior receiver Quan Hampton had the most receiving yards on the 2016 Texas High squad and has since signed with Kansas.

Hunt is expected to be an important holdover this fall for first-year coach Gerry Stanford.

Texas High, in addition to exhausting Hampton's eligibility, sent senior quarterback Cade Pearson to North Texas as an early enrollee and will lose lead running back Devuntay Walker to Midwestern State in May.

Southern Miss now has three identified prospects in the East Texas region. In addition to Hunt, it is actively recruiting Overshown and Pittsburg sophomore receiver Keontae Burns.

The Golden Eagles posted a 6-6 regular season record in 2016 -- including a 4-4 mark in Conference USA play -- and finished off the campaign with a win against Louisiana-Lafayette in the New Orleans Bowl.

Eleven of Southern Miss' 13 games were televised.

Jay Hopson will be at the helm of the Golden Eagles program for a second season this fall. He posted a 32-17 record in three seasons with Alcorn State prior to moving to Hattiesburg, Miss.

Hunt, like all college football prospects currently in their junior year of high school, will become eligible to sign with any school that offers him in February.

2018 East Texas Football Players With Division I FBS Offers

  • Tre Allison, John Tyler, OLB, 6-0, 200 — committed to SMU; additional offer from ULL, Mississippi State (3)
  • Chance Amie, Tyler Lee, QB, 6-3, 190 — offers from Arkansas State, Bowling Green, Central Florida, Colorado State, Iowa State, Southern Miss, Syracuse, ULL, Virginia (9)
  • Xavier Benson, Pleasant Grove, LB, 6-0, 200 — offer from ULL (1)
  • Dekalen Goodson, John Tyler, DE/OLB, 6-2, 215 — offers from Mississippi State, Texas State, ULL (3)
  • Trae Hall, Henderson, QB/ATH, 6-3, 185 — offer from ULL (1)
  • Conner Henson, Harmony, OL, 6-4, 250 — offer from ULL (1)
  • Chasen Hines, Marshall, C, 6-3, 340 — offers from Arizona, Baylor, Louisiana Tech, LSU, Minnesota, North Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Oregon, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas State, Texas Tech (14)
  • Tevailance Hunt, Texas High, WR, 6-2, 180 — offers from Arkansas State, Bowling Green, Iowa State, Kansas, Louisiana Tech, Nevada, North Texas, Southern Miss, Tulsa (9)
  • Keaontay Ingram, Carthage, RB, 6-0, 198 — offers from Arkansas, Baylor, Colorado, Iowa State, Kansas, LSU, Memphis, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Oregon, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, UCLA, UTSA (23)
  • Malik Jackson, Lufkin, WR, 5-8, 165 — offer from Arkansas State (1)
  • DeMarvion Overshown, Arp, ATH, 6-4, 196 — offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Baylor, Clemson, Colorado, Florida State, Georgia, Kansas, LSU, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, SMU, South Carolina, Southern Miss, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, UCLA, USC, UTSA (25)
  • Tyree Wilson, West Rusk, LB, 6-5, 225 — offer from ULL, Washington State (2)

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