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Hunter signs with Air Force

CONYERS - Mikel Hunter was a multi-dimensional player for the Heritage football team.

Hunter was a force on both sides of the ball and on special teams.

On defense, he tallied 61 tackles, forced one fumble, recovered two fumbles, broke up four passes and scored two touchdowns.

He was just as lethal on offense ,catching 30 passes for 657 yards and seven touchdowns. He averaged almost 22 yards per catch.

On special teams he returned 12 kicks for 252 yards, including one for a 91-yard touchdown.

Now, Hunter will try and bring his prowess to another force - Air Force.

Hunter recently signed a football scholarship to play for the Air Force Academy.

Hunter said he first became interested in attending Air Force after the season ended.

"They (Air Force) talked to one of the coaches a few weeks after the season was over and said they were interested. They scouted me as a corner, even though my highlight tape was mostly me playing receiver," Hunter said. "I never really thought about going to Air Force but I when I heard they wanted to offer me a scholarship, I started to become interested."

Hunter said he was also considering Bucknell, Tusculum, LaGrange, Wofford and Navy, but his campus visit to Air Force sealed the deal.

"I decided on Air Force after I made my visit. I liked what I saw," he said. "It was a big campus and it was a lot different from home. I wanted to try something different. I've been here (Conyers) for 18 years."

Hunter said he liked the athletic facilities and the overall location of the Air Force campus, which is in Colorado Springs, Colo.

"The facilities were excellent. Everything was very modern," he said.

Hunter said the secret to his success thus far has been his humility.

"Personally, I think staying humble has helped me. I don't want to have a big head because I feel karma is alive and well," he said.

Hunter added that he's very excited to have this opportunity and wanted to thank all the people that have helped him along the way.

"I wish next year's (Heritage) team good luck," he said. "I owe a lot to coach (Chad) Frazier and the rest of the coaching staff. I also want to thank God, my mother and the rest of my

family."

Brandon Evans can be reached at brandon.evans @rockdalecitizen.com.