A new head coach and somewhat tempered expectations heading into the season have not stopped Houston (Texas) Cy Falls from getting off to a great start on the year. The Golden Eagles are 4-0 and ranked in top 10 in the Houston area.
One player that has helped Cy Falls get off to the fast start is defensive tackle Jacobi Hunter. The 6-foot, 285-pound junior has been hampered by injuries but is almost back to being completely healthy.
"I'm back, finally," Hunter said. "I had a rough first game back but these past few games I've really been playing at a competitive level but not quite to 100-percent yet. The first game back was really tough on me. I felt unstable and unsteady out there. Last week I actually went 74 plays on defense. I was completely shocked I could do that coming off an injury two weeks prior. This weekend I lasted all game until the coach put the second team in. It's actually been fun playing and I'm practicing better."
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On the recruiting trail Hunter picked up an offer from Baylor over the summer. So far not much has changed.
"My coaches spoke to the Northwestern coach and they said he was really interested," he said. "Other than that it's really just the same from this summer. I'm hearing from UT, (Texas) A&M and Baylor."
This past weekend Hunter made the drive to College Station to watch Texas A&M host Oklahoma State.
"My coaches said they personally called and invited me to the game," Hunter said. "That was the first time I'd ever been to a college football game. The atmosphere was actually really cool. With 87,000 fans there roaring it felt like a great environment to play in. It definitely beats out our crowd. It felt really alive and the players definitely feed off of that energy.
"It was a little different than I expected going in. In many aspects it was kind of like a high school except at a faster and higher level of play. I guess I sort of expected things to be so regimented and almost boring. It wasn't like that at all. You had your band there playing and everything. I felt like I wanted to strap on my pads right then and there."
Hunter was not able to speak to the Aggie coaching staff while on campus though.
"I didn't get a chance to talk to the coaches there," he said. "I came a little late and I had to leave right after the game. I'm not sure they really wanted to talk after that close loss anyway though."
The talented defender plans to make more unofficial visits throughout the year.
"I'm going to take some junior visits but I'm not sure where yet," he said. "I'll probably go to Baylor for a junior visit I'm also probably going to go to a Baylor football game sometime before the season's over. I'm really trying to get over there."