Hunter Smith, the stand-out wide receiver from Foxcroft Academy, who dislocated his hip in a preseason game against the Orono Red Riots, is preparing for his once in a lifetime opportunity. Smith will compete at the Blue-Grey North-South All-American Bowl football game located at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay On January 9, 2016.
Hunter Smith is the son of Dean Smith, University of Maine Hall of Fame inductee (who received the Walter Byers award for top student-athlete in the nation), was a star basketball player for both Foxcroft Academy and University of Maine. Dean being a standout basketball player you would think Hunter would want to follow in his foot steps. Hunters freshman year his football team won states which ignited his love to play football. Although Hunter is one of Maine’s best best basketball players, he has locked his eyes on his football career.
What events lined up for Smith to have such an opportunity? Smith was contacted by the Blue-Grey commissioner who invited him down to their super combine due to a recommendation from an unknown party, which was shocking to Hunter because previously there had been a regional combine which all the attendees had to go through before getting into the super combine. The day of Hunters regional PVC (Piscataquis Valley Conference) track meet (where he achieved 1st places in all of his events high jump, long jump, 110 hurdles, and 300 hurdles. He also got male athlete of the meet). He was notified of this via mail and it requested for Smith to go show off his skills at this super combined located in Richmond Virginia. Once Smith finished his track meet he drove to Boston with his mom(Laurie Smith) and got on a plane the next day to Richmond, where he stayed the night. All combine recipients had a banquet dinner the night before the combine where they went over the requirements.
Smith says ” it was a great experience for me showing how hard work and dedication can lead to an experience of a lifetime; getting to play with some of the best kids in the country meeting new people and experiencing the sport I love outside of the state of Maine.”
How is Smith preparing after his preseason injury? After several weeks of physical therapy and several weeks on crutches he is back in the gym at about 90% capability and progressing day by day until January 9th.
Smith is looking forward to the start of basketball where he can regain his abilities physically. Hunter hopes to represent his school and community at the All American Bowl game which he is so grateful to be a part of.
Hunter Smith has already been contacted by division 1 colleges for wide receiver, like UMaine, Harvard, Dartmouth, and Bentley.