Valdosta Daily Times

June 10, 2011

Lowndes’ Tyler Hunter drafted by Orioles

Christian Malone
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — VALDOSTA — Tyler Hunter is a highly-touted football player. But the Baltimore Orioles apparently like his potential in baseball, too.

On Wednesday, Hunter was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 48th round of the Major League Baseball draft. He was the 1,445th player selected.

Hunter was an All-Region baseball player for Lowndes High in 2010, but is better known as a football player. He admitted to 247sports.com that he was surprised to be drafted.

“I was surprised because I quit baseball during the season, so I wasn’t really expecting it, to get drafted,” Hunter told the website.

“I talked to (the Orioles) during the season,” he said. “I talked to probably about 10 different teams during the season. But I definitely wasn’t expecting to get drafted.”

Hunter has signed a scholarship to play football at Florida State in the fall. He is planning to move to Tallahassee next week to start working out with the Seminoles.

Hunter spent his junior year and part of his senior year playing for Lowndes’ varsity baseball team. In 2010, he was a first-team All-Region selection. He batted .413 with two home runs and 17 RBIs. He was an outfielder and a designated hitter.

But football is the sport where Hunter has gotten the most attention. He was rated the 10th best safety in the nation by ESPN, the No. 33 safety in the country by rivals.com and the No. 43 safety by scout.com. He also played quarterback, running back, receiver and cornerback. In 2010, he rushed for 110 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries (an average of 9.2 yards per carry), caught five passes for 89 yards and completed 5 of 8 passes for 74 yards and a touchdown. On defense, he had 14 tackles, two interceptions and three pass breakups.

Hunter was a member of Lowndes’ state championship football team in 2007. The Vikings won region championships in 2007, 2008 and 2010.

In the next few days, Hunter and his family will likely talk to the Orioles. Soon after, Hunter will make a decision about whether to sign with them or go to Florida State.

“It gives me something to think about,” Hunter told 247 Sports. “I really don’t know what I want to do right now. I am going to have to sit down and really think about it.

“I will probably sit down with my family and talk about what I want to do, then make a decision I guess. I am supposed to leave and move to Tallahassee next week, but I really don’t know what I want to do.”