Leapfroggin’ the competition

Breakout wide receiver commits to TCU

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Photo by Angela Valle

Wide receiver Tevailance Hunt sprints for a touchdown against Liberty-Eylau. Hunt reeled in six catches for 77 yards and a score in the 37-23 win.

Story by Madison Brown, entertainment editor

All eyes are on him. Everyone’s watching. The coaches, the photographers, the players. This is his big life-changing moment. The one that will alter the future he had planned out for himself. Finally he’s handed a pen, ready to make his dream of playing college football a reality. He grabs the pen, signs, then looks up with a smile on his face. It’s official.

This past summer, senior Tevailance Hunt participated in his second Texas Christian University (TCU) football camp. At the end of the camp, he was offered a full ride to play football on a collegiate level next school year. On August 4, Hunt officially signed with the horned frogs.

“Not too many people get to have this chance and I’m happy to say that I’m one of the few to do so,” Hunt said. “It’s just a blessing that I am able to be a part of such a great program.”

It didn’t take long for Hunt to become a recognized star in the land of purple and white. During his previous camps, he recalls the coaches using him as examples when demonstrating how a play should be executed.

“At the camp, everyone there wanted to see me run routes every time, like I was an inspiring person to see out there,” Hunt said. “It was just great for me to go out there and compete well.”

When you’re presented with new opportunities, it becomes a game changer when looking at different aspects of life. You learn just how important working hard is when it comes to your future.

“My work ethic on and off the field is improving a lot. Now I’m taking school more seriously due to the fact that I actually have a chance to go to college to play ball,” Hunt said. “I still have a few things to get better on, but I tend to stay focused and keep perfecting my crafts.”

Success rarely comes from solely working hard. When you have people who help you along the way and constantly support you, not only do you get better, but you also gain a friendship.

“My old quarterback Cade Pearson helped me a lot through the season,” Hunt said. “I couldn’t do it by myself, and he had an big impact on my season.”

Knowing that there’s always someone you can go to makes a difference in your ability to gain success.

“My relationship with Cade was solid; he understood me and I understood him. We just had that type of connection on the field,” Hunt said. “He would tell me a play or where he’s throwing [the football] to and I’d run to that spot and catch the ball. Our relationship was just like no other!”

After being somewhere for four years, creating memories with your friends that will last forever is inevitable. It’s no surprise that what Hunt will miss the most is his teammates.

“It was a lot of fun playing with them, and I hope we all succeed in life,” Hunt said.

Although leaving is bittersweet, these past four years have taught him a lot. It’s given him a life motto to live by that will always keep him striving toward success.

“How I play my game is just simple: you stay silent and let success be the noise and don’t let anyone get in the way of what you’re doing,” Hunt said. “Most of all, you just have to keep that positive mindset at all times; it’ll take you far.”