March 11, 2010

DT Hunter Maynard generating D-1 interest

As on of the top defensive line prospects in that state of Ohio, Watterson defensive tackle Hunter Maynard is drawing interest from some of the top programs in the Midwest. At 6-foot-1 and 280 pounds, he boasts impressive size and was a key cog in his teams 9-4 season.

"Our season went good, we went 9-4 and were regional champions," said Maynard. "I also had a pretty good season individually. I just like to go out there and have fun and be a leader. I play hard and I play to the whistle."

As a junior, Maynard tallied 67 tackles, 12 tackles for a loss and 10 sacks as a defensive tackle. As a result, colleges took notice and he is hearing from the likes of Cincinnati, Purdue, Northwestern, Indiana, Ball State, Toledo, Bowling Green, Kansas and Duke, but one school hasn't been showing him much interest despite reports to the contrary.

"I talked to Central Michigan a lot during the season, but I haven't really heard much from them during the off-season" said Maynard.

It's also clear that the Chippewas could get back in the mix for him, because they definitely fit the description of they type of school he is looking for.

"I'd like a winning program," said Maynard. "Championships, bowl games and to be able to put some rings on my fingers are important. Academics are also important and something I'm looking for."

A few schools have already stood out to Maynard early on, including one school that has some major CMU connections through it's coaching staff.

"I really like Cincinnati a lot. I visited there and had a good time. I also like Northwestern. Those two schools are the only two I've visited so far, but I was impressed by both of them."

In the next few weeks, Maynard plans on making some additional visits to broaden his scope of schools.

"Next Friday I'm visiting Toledo and Bowling Green" said Maynard.

While he has yet to draw any offers, Maynard, who transferred from small Teays Valley High (OH) to Watterson last season, is probably going to start receiving some in the near future. Players with his size and production are hard to find, and now that he's in the spotlight at a larger school, football programs from around the Midwest are taking notice.

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