The top running back from one of the nation’s top high school football teams has accepted a scholarship offer from the University of Hawaii.
Daveon “Dae Dae” Hunter of Chandler (Ariz.) High said he will sign his national letter of intent Wednesday morning, the first day football prospects may put their binding commitments in writing. The Rainbow Warriors are expected to sign about a dozen players, including defensive lineman Kemon Smith of Blinn College.
BLESSED BEYOND MEASURES ! I’m 100% committed to the University of Hawaii 🤙🏾 pic.twitter.com/6gEGFhfo2U
— DaeDae Hunter 🍩 (@TheDaeDae0) December 18, 2019
Hunter said UH was the right “fit,” and that he felt welcomed during a recruiting visit when he met the players and toured the campus.
Hunter grew up in Colorado but moved to Arizona this past summer. At Chandler, which is ranked No. 9 nationally in this week’s USA Today Super 25, Hunter had a breakout season. In 13 games, Hunter rushed for 1,748 yards and 33 touchdowns. In Arizona’s Open Division championship game, Hunter ran for 279 yards and two touchdowns. He had rushes of 74 and 71 yards. Chandler finished 13-0.
Hunter is 5 feet 11 and 195 pounds. He said he ran 40 yards in sub-4.5 seconds at combines in Wyoming and Nebraska.
Hunter played both running back and linebacker before focusing solely on offense after moving to Arizona. “It was an easy choice,” said Hunter, who was viewed as a better prospect at running back. “It’s just the adrenaline you get when you get the ball and make someone miss. Making a big run, you don’t get a better feeling than that, really.”