Happy Friday Husky fans. The Husky football team woke up to some very good news this morning when former Cal wide receiver Jeremiah Hunter committed to UW. He has one season of eligibility remaining.
Listed at around 6’2” and 200 pounds, Hunter had 751 yards receiving last year along with 7 touchdowns. Against UW he had a highlight reel TD (and 85 yards receiving). That came on the heels of a breakout sophomore year when he put up 965 yards and 5 TDs.
Hunter was listed as a three-star recruit and the #47 player in California coming out of high school in Fresno, California in the class of 2020. That location of course put him on the radar of Kalen DeBoer who became the head coach at local Fresno State that year and who extended him an offer. Hunter ultimately committed to Cal despite taking a late official visit to Oregon as the Ducks tried to flip him.
The Husky coaches desperately needed to add another WR or two to the room and Hunter should be a plug and play type wideout (it’s expected that Rome Odunze plus at least one of Ja’Lynn Polk and Jalen McMillan will head to the NFL as well as the transfer of Taeshaun Lyons).
Hunter is a physical wide receiver who should be able to step into Rome Odunze’s role right away. He excels at making contested catches in traffic having caught 25 of 41 (61%) contested balls for his career. Odunze this year for Washington caught 71% of his contested catches but was at just 30% entering the season. Hunter’s hands are also evident in his drop numbers. He has just 4 in the past 2 seasons despite 185 targets which is one of the best marks in the country.
Hunter’s production came despite playing in some substandard Cal offenses in recent years and the team rotated between 3 quarterbacks this season. He was more of a deep threat last year for Cal with an average depth of target of 14.4 yards. This year he was used more often in intermediate routes with an ADOT of 10.1 but allowed him to show off more of his agility with a career high 12 missed tackles forced and 306 yards after the catch.
The Huskies will likely add another portal wideout at some point this offseason along with Hunter to fill the void left. That is all for now and as always follow me @asieverkropp.