The last weekend in July offered football recruits a chance to hit the road a final time before the August dead period. Hammond High School 2020 defensive lineman Alex Huntley (6-foot-4, 285 pounds) took advantage of that to attend Friday Night Lights at Florida and the unveiling of the West End Zone Project at Sanford Stadium at Georgia.
“It was really good just being able to really connect more with coaches and even meet some prospects who were visiting too,” Huntley said. “Florida, it was my first time being there, first time meeting the coaches really, so they were just, got to get me down there more and got to keep talking with them. Georgia, I’ve been there more and talked to their coaches more. They’re losing, like the 2020 class by the time I’d be there, they are going to be losing eight defensive linemen. And I’m one of their highly wanted guys. I think me and Coach (Tray) Scott relationship is really good. He’s a really great defensive line coach and I really like him.”
Huntley has offers from South Carolina, Georgia, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Tennessee. He’s also drawn interest from Clemson and Ohio State. Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp, whose son is a teammate of Huntley’s, has made him a top target for the 2020 class.
“One big thing is stay home,” Huntley said of Muschamp’s message. “They have everything for me that would make me a great player. Coach Muschamp is a defensive minded coach. Home is where the heart is, is what they say, and trying to get me out of that, ‘You have to get out of the city where you’re from.’ Since I’m from Maryland, I don’t really have any ties to any state or any colleges. My first time watching a college football game was when I moved down here. I wasn’t really raised watching college football, it was always about the NFL.”
Huntley camped this summer at USC, Georgia, Florida and Ohio State and those are four he likes along with Arkansas and Tennessee. However, he’s not going to make a quick decision and is still open to all schools that want to recruit him. He has not heard from Clemson since the end of the school year but he plans to go to games there this season.