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Ohio State Offer ‘Game-Changer’ for NY Defensive Tackle Jared Harrison-Hunte

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Ohio State hosted a number of the nation’s best players this past weekend for Friday Night Lights, but the camp is also an opportunity for under-the-radar players to earn offers.

One of those players was 2019 3-star New York (Christ the King Regional/Middle Village NY) defensive tackle Jared Harrison-Hunte.

Harrison-Hunte — who is the No. 33 defensive tackle in the 247Sports Composite — came to Ohio State holding offers from LSU, Penn State, Arizona State, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, and others.

And after leaving Friday Night Lights, he was holding an Ohio State offer as well.

“It’s a game changer, let’s just say that,” Harrison-Hunte said after the camp.

“Not a ‘game over.’ Gotta give other schools chances. Definitely a game changer just because it’s Larry Johnson. Just because he taught me so much in basically two meetings. In two meetings I’ve learned so much from him.”

Harrison-Hunte (6-4 286) was expecting to see great facilities, but he was most excited to work with Larry Johnson.

“I had a great time at the camp,” he said. “Working with Larry Johnson was just what I expected. He was a great guy. A hands-on guy. He taught me a lot. He taught me a few moves in the last 15 minutes that we talked, two new moves that I’m gonna use. I’m not gonna tell you what they are. I’ll show you all during the season. Two new moves I like and they’re useful. It was a great camp and a great experience.”

It wasn’t lost on him the long-term impact that Johnson could have on him if he learned so much in just two meetings.

“Imagine three years, four years, five years,” Harrison-Hunte said. “Yeah. Getting an offer here was definitely special.”

Ohio State’s history, facilities, and success on the field are going to be a draw for players from all over the country. As a defensive lineman, however, the biggest draw for Harrison-Hunte was the coach.

“Just Larry Johnson,” he said. “Larry Johnson is one of the best defensive line coaches in college football history. I would assume you would take that into consideration.”

As much as Harrison-Hunte liked Ohio State, the Buckeyes also liked him. They view him as an eventual 3-technique defensive tackle that can get into the backfield and create problems. But they also like him off the field as well.

“They said that I’m a great fit here,” he said. “I’m not a 5-star recruit yet. I haven’t got all of the tools yet, but I fit the culture. I’m a nice guy, I work hard. I’m a great fit here.”

While many recruits want to know what the depth chart will look like when they arrive, Harrison-Hunte hasn’t been concerned by that yet.

“Whoever is here, just know I’m going to work 10 times harder than you,” he said.

“And if I get that spot I’m going to keep that spot.”

What kind of player is Harrison-Hunte?

Well, he’s good enough to earn an offer at an Ohio State camp. There aren’t many clips of him playing defensive tackle, but here are two clips of him at tight end that give you an idea of why Larry Johnson would like him as an interior pass rusher.

[Jared Harrison-Hunte photo by Tony Gerdeman. | Ohio State Recruiting]

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  1. Just from this report,,Harrison-Hunte seems like one of those “diamond in the rough” finds whose personal drive and work ethic take them to the zenith of their sport, as opposed to simply relying upon natural gifts. Examples Pete Rose and Jerry Rice come to mind.

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