Hunt signs with Maryville College
by RICHARD ROBERTS Banner Sports Editor
Feb 07, 2014 | 716 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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WALKER VALLEY FOOTBALL STANDOUT Chandler Hunt has signed an academy scholarship with Maryville College where he plans to play football for the Scots. Seated, from left, are Tammy Hunt, mother; Hunt; and Mason Hunt, sister. Banner photo, RICHARD ROBERTS
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When Walker Valley Mustang Chandler Hunt considered where he would spend his next four years, a solid education curriculum was a high priority as well as a quality football program.

That's why when it came time to make a decision, Hunt signed on the bottom line to continue his studies with an academic scholarship and continue his football career at Maryville College.

"It just felt like the perfect fit. When I went up there, the atmosphere around the campus was the selling point for me. It felt like family when I went there," said the future civil engineer who carries a 4.0 GPA. "Also, they had my major and I feel their education will be at the top of what I can get; that was really important to me."

Mustangs coach Glen Ryan said Maryville is getting more than a quality football player, the Scots are bringing in a young man who will represent his former school and present institution with distinction.

"Maryville College is getting a good football player, but on top of that they are getting a great young man. Chandler is a class act through and through. He's been through it all with us. He's been here four years and seen hard times and has seen some good times — he never waivers. He keeps pushing on and keeps working and keeps trying to get better," said Ryan. "There is no doubt he is going to continue to do that up there and he is going to make a good football player for them. More importantly, he's going to bring quality to a good school already. He is going to add to it even more with his character."

Hunt hopes the knowledge and experience he got from games as a Mustang will help him earn playing time as soon as possible. He is excited to join an established program that sits at the top of the USA South Conference.

"Their football program is really at the top of their game. They just came off back-to-back conference championships and they just made the playoffs. That was a big selling point for me," he said.

"I'm going to take the determination to never quit. Coming from an 0-10 season to 5-5 and 4-6 is unbelievable. Something coach Ryan instilled in us is never quit and never let the hard times get in front of us. I know if I stick to it and do my best, I can succeed there."

Ryan feels with his positive attitude and desire to succeed at the next level, Hunt will soon work his way onto the gridiron for the Scots.

"I think he's got a chance to play early. He may start out on special teams and work his way in. They've got a good football team, they have won their conference the last couple of years and are on the way up," said Ryan. "I think eventually he will earn a spot. I don't think it will take him that long to do that. How long is up to him and who they have back at the positions he is looking at. I know with his determination and drive it won't take long for him to find the football field."

Hunt hopes hard work, resolve and self-confidence and a desire to be part of a quality institution will pay off in the near future.

"Hopefully I can get a little early playing time," he said. "I'm hoping if I get in there, bust my butt and show the older guys I deserve to be on the field, I will get to play with them."