Quintin Hunter wasted no time getting on the field at James Madison.
JMU coach Mickey Matthews announced last Friday that Hunter, a product of Orange County High School, was transferring from Virginia to join the Dukes.
Matthews said at the time it was unlikely Hunter would be cleared in time to practice Monday, the Dukes' first day of camp. But the sophomore wide receiver was dressed in a purple practice jersey and catching passes with his new teammates Monday afternoon.
"I'm ready," Hunter said. "I'm excited to be out here with the fellows, and my new team."
"We are really excited about Quintin," said Matthews. "He's arrived at camp with a great attitude, and he's a great-looking kid.
"He certainly passes the eyeball test. He looks like a big-time player."
Hunter was rated a four-star athlete when he signed with the Cavaliers in 2009. After Hunter appeared in nine games as a freshman last season, Virginia announced in June that he had left the program.
At the same time, Matthews said the JMU coaching staff was in search of more depth at wide receiver.
"We just felt like we needed help at that position. So he was heaven sent for us," said Matthews.
"They were very interested in me in high school. So after I made the decision that I wasn't going back to (Virginia), I kind of figured that maybe JMU would still be interested in me," Hunter explained. "And they were. And now I'm here."
"I could have had ten transfers at the position. But we turned all of them down except for him. They weren't guys who I thought would help our program," Matthews said. "But certainly because he was a local kid, we knew a lot about him. So it's a good get for us."
Hunter said he's already comfortable with the Dukes' spread offense, after playing in similar systems at Orange and at Virginia.
He spent Monday's first practice running with the other JMU newcomers at receiver. But Matthews said Hunter will get every opportunity to ascend the depth chart.
"We're going to play the best players," he said. "And certainly if he can win the job, we will reward him with that. If he's the best player."
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