Jarett Hunter began playing football when he was around five years old, quickly developing a love of the game due to the high-contact nature of the sport and the skill involved in playing it well.
“There’s nothing like making a big hit or scoring a touchdown,” he said.
That love for the game grew as he watched his older brothers play in The Jungle and later as he got to play under those same lights for the Louisa County High School varsity football team.
Throughout his high school career, Hunter accumulated nearly 6,000 yards of total offense for the Lions and scored more than 50 touchdowns. He was a sophomore when the Lions made their state championship run under head coach Mark Fischer in 2017. It’s one of his favorite memories of his time in Louisa.
“We had great leadership on that team,” he said. “When I didn’t know what I was doing, the seniors stepped up to help me. Now that I’m a senior, I’ve tried to do the same for the younger players.”
With his career as a Lion behind him, Hunter now takes his talents to the next level. He committed his football skills in February to the Howard University Bison.
“They were my first offer,” he said. “They were the first [school] to believe in my abilities.”
While Hunter acknowledges that going from a rural area like Louisa County to Washington D.C. is a “big change,” he’s excited about getting out on the field and earning his spot on the team.
Hunter says he’ll be taking numerous lessons from his time in Louisa with him to his college career. Among them are things he learned from his football coaches. From Coach Fischer, he learned about how to face adversity.
“He always said, ‘You’re going to get hit, but fight through it,’” Hunter recalled. “No matter the circumstances, keep fighting.”
Under Coach Will Patrick, Hunter learned that “there’s a right way to do everything,” from football to school work to finding a balance between the two.
Even though he won’t be playing in The Jungle anymore, Hunter is hopeful for the future of the football program and grateful for the continued support of the community.
“There’s no place like Louisa,” he said. “Growing up, that’s all you want to do, is to play in that atmosphere. I’m glad to see the younger kids haven’t lost that fire.”