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Local defensive lineman, South Carolina target picked for national all-star game

How Hammond’s Alex Huntley got the nickname ‘Boogie’

Hammond sophomore defensive lineman Alex Huntley explains how he got his nickname.
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Hammond sophomore defensive lineman Alex Huntley explains how he got his nickname.

Three years ago, Alex Huntley traveled to Texas for a freshman all-american combine.

Later this year, the Hammond defensive tackle will be making a return trip. On Sunday, Huntley committed to play in the All-American Bowl (formerly U.S. Army All-American Bowl) in San Antonio, Texas.

“I remember meeting some of the best players in the nation like Tate Martell, Najee Harris, Jalen Phillips and my personal favorite Jaden Pevey because it was going same time as All-American Bowl,” Huntley said. “Playing in this game is something I dreamed about since the eighth grade.”

Huntley is among the top recruits in the country. 247Sports composite ranks him No. 169 and ESPN No. 175. He has been a part of two straight Skyhawks state championship teams.

This year, the 6-foot-4, 295-pounder had 48 tackles, 16 for loss and seven sacks.

Huntley hasn’t decided on college choice but narrowed it down to South Carolina, Georgia, Oklahoma, LSU, Texas and Stanford.

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