CANTON, Ohio - In the opener of the 2007 Herbstreit Classic in Canton, Buford, Ga. defeated Grove City, Ohio 34-7 and Notre Dame defensive tackle commitment Omar Hunter was a man amongst boys. Hunter, a 6-foot-1, 311-pound ball of terror, toyed with the Grove City offensive line for much of the day.
Hunter looked natural in Buford's 4-3 defense but will clearly be a great fit in Notre Dame's 3-4 defense as well. He gets off the snap quickly, has a tremendous initial punch which knocks offensive linemen off balance and has impressive agility for a big man. Hunter was in the opponent's backfield for much of the game, disrupting the run and chasing after the quarterback. On his best play, he split the interior offensive line, changed direction quickly to flush the quarterback and then chased him down for a sack and forced fumble.
Hunter plays with natural leverage and is strong at the point of attack so he can occupy blockers in a 3-4 scheme. But beyond that, he's also an excellent pass rusher with a very good motor. His bull rush is virtually unstoppable at the high school level.
Georgia Tech linebacker commitment T.J. Pridemore was also impressive. Pridemore has good size, runs well and is solid in coverage. He reads and diagnoses plays early and is a physical hitter. He needs to work on taking on blocks better and he can be cut too easily, but he's a leader and a hard-nosed football player.
Other players on Buford who impressed include senior running back Demetris Murray, who is a powerful inside runner at 5-foot-10 and 208 pounds. Murray moves the chains and is hard to tackle although he lacks breakaway speed.
Defensive tackle/offensive guard Dallas Lee is one to watch for 2009. The 6-foot-4, 290-pounder has excellent size and holds the line on defense. He lacks Hunter's natural athleticism but he has the same motor and has a strong bull rush for a younger player. He was also in the Grove City backfield often. He teams up with Hunter to form the left side of a strong Buford offensive line as well.
Super sophomore athlete Daunte Carr didn't play in the game due to an undisclosed injury. Carr is the quarterback of the future for Buford and will be one to keep an eye on for 2010.
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