When Sarasota (Fla.) Cardinal Mooney linebacker Hunter Ovens was put on the field as a freshman for the varsity squad, the 6-foot-2, 220-pound took the challenge head on. Going into his fourth year now as a senior, he still has that same attitude to take on big challenges.
Though he has always played linebacker, the talented young man also has played defensive end and fullback throughout his high school career. In the end, Ovens says his primary responsibility is linebacker.
"I've played a little bit of everywhere," Ovens said. "My primary position at this point is linebacker though. I just like doing hard things to make myself better. I guess you could say I like to challenge myself."
Letters from colleges are coming in full force now for Ovens. Florida, Clemson and Iowa have been the programs sending original pieces of either handwritten or personal messages. However, Ovens says that he is open and not claiming any favorites.
In the off-season, the talented young man is playing center field for his baseball team. He's batting .600 and his team is on the winning track at 9-2.
"We're doing really well," he said. "I've been hitting well so that's been really good. We're just trying to keep winning."
Ovens says he's not sure which school may offer first and that he's not sure of which camps he'll attend this summer.
"I'm just seeing what's out there," he said. "I'm staying very open."