Texas High’s Tevailance Hunt Picks Up First Offer From Louisiana Tech
Louisiana Tech is in the market for a big receiver and Texas High's Tevailance Hunt fits the bill.
Hunt is the 10th junior prospect on the East Texas football recruiting board and the 11th identified prospect in total thanks to a scholarship opportunity from the Bulldogs program. The receiver announced his first offer through Twitter.
Texas High and Hunt (6-2, 180) are at a juncture. The school has already sent starting quarterback Cade Pearson to North Texas for the spring semester, will lose fellow receiver Quan Hampton to Kansas in May and lost head coach Barry Norton to crosstown rival Texarkana (Ark.) Arkansas High last month.
The school's offense fluctuated under Norton between pass heavy and extremely balanced in recent seasons while enjoying the services of Ryan Mallett, Pearson, their offshoots at receiver and a consistent stream of running backs that have landed at a range of NCAA Division I and Division II programs.
Hunt might give Texas High's new head coach a reason to stick with the aerial game the school played with last season. He caught 36 passes for 701 yards and 10 touchdowns as part of a 10-0 regular season before the team got upset by West Mesquite in the first round of the Class 5A Division I state playoffs.
Louisiana Tech played for the Conference USA championship in its 13th game last season and lost on the road to Western Kentucky. It defeated Western Kentucky during the regular season at home.
The Bulldogs avenged the conference championship denial with a thrilling 48-45 win against Navy in the Armed Forces Bowl for a final record of 9-5.
Coached by Skip Holtz, the program landed signatures earlier this month from Atlanta linebacker Tristan Allen and Gilmer safety Kollin Hurt. It extended offers to three other players during the process, two of which opted to play in the Big 12 Conference.
Louisiana Tech will have four East Texans on its 2017 roster. Allen and Hurt will join forces with former Tyler Lee linebacker Brandon Durman and Van offensive lineman Wyatt Santos. Former Van linebacker Dalton Santos, a Texas graduate transfer plagued by a recurring ankle injury, exhausted eligibility last season.
Durman has been an especially pleasant surprise for the Bulldogs through two seasons. In fact, ESPN highlighted him as one of the team's top three playmakers in the early minutes of the Armed Forces Bowl game.
Louisiana Tech has won 25 conference championships and has produced three consensus All-Americans in its 115-year history.
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 of 2018.
2018 East Texas Football Players With Division I FBS Offers
- Tre Allison, John Tyler, OLB, 6-0, 200 — committed to SMU; additional offer from Mississippi State (2)
- Chance Amie, Tyler Lee, QB, 6-3, 190 — offers from Bowling Green, Iowa State, Syracuse (3)
- Xavier Benson, Pleasant Grove, LB, 6-0, 200 — offer from ULL (1)
- Dekalen Goodson, John Tyler, DE/OLB, 6-0, 215 — offer from Mississippi State (1)
- Chasen Hines, Marshall, C, 6-3, 340 — offers from Baylor, Louisiana Tech, LSU, Minnesota, North Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech (11)
- Tevailance Hunt, Texas High, WR, 6-2, 180 — offer from Louisiana Tech (1)
- Keaontay Ingram, Carthage, RB, 6-0, 198 — offers from Arkansas, Baylor, Colorado, Iowa State, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, UCLA, UTSA (19)
- Malik Jackson, Lufkin, WR, 6-0, 170 — offer from Arkansas State (1)
- DeMarvion Overshown, Arp, ATH, 6-4, 196 — offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Baylor, Clemson, Florida State, Kansas, LSU, Missouri, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, SMU, South Carolina, Southern Miss, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, UCLA, UTSA (20)
- Tyree Wilson, West Rusk, LB, 6-5, 225 — offer from ULL (1)