Kareem Hunt, the outstanding Toledo running back, will be tough for the Red Wolves to handle in Sunday night’s GoDaddy Bowl. As pointed out in this post, Hunt is one of the best running backs in the nation. Hunt averages 151.1 rushing yards per game, trailing only Melvin Gordon of Wisconsin and Tevin Coleman of Indiana. Hunt is 2nd in the nation in yards per carry at 7.86, bettering Michael Gordon’s 7.14 at number six.
So how did such a studly running back end up at Toledo? Mike Herndon of AL.com has a nice story on just that here. Here is an excerpt:
Hunt, a 5-foot-11, 215-pound sophomore from Willoughby, Ohio, ran for over 5,000 yards and 86 touchdowns in his final two years of high school, earning scholarship offers from Power 5 programs Minnesota and Pittsburgh along with in-state offers from Toledo, Cincinnati, Bowling Green, Arkon and Ohio.
But Toledo coach Matt Campbell had developed a relationship with Hunt as early as the running back’s sophomore year in high school, while Campbell was an assistant coach for the Rockets. When Campbell took over the Rockets’ program as head coach in 2011, Hunt said that relationship and the campus’ close proximity to his home made Toledo a logical choice when he signed in 2013 – even though it was tough to say no to the Panthers.