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The Oklahoman's Super 30: Arkansas commit Javion Hunt a poised and mature leader for Carl Albert

Carl Albert's Javion Hunt is ranked No. 6 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 list of the state’s top 2021 recruits. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]
Carl Albert's Javion Hunt is ranked No. 6 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 list of the state’s top 2021 recruits. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

MIDWEST CITY — Javion Hunt was anxious to start playing football during his childhood.

The game always intrigued Hunt, even though his father, Jay, encouraged him to compete in other sports at a young age.

As Hunt got older, he made it clear to his dad that he wanted to play football.

“He put me in baseball, every other sport he could think of, but I kept saying, ‘Let me play football,’” Hunt said. “Eventually, he let me play football.”

Hunt quickly grew close to the sport and was a promising player as he entered Carl Albert High School.

After battling injuries but still managing to have a productive junior season, the star running back is No. 6 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 list of the state’s top 2021 recruits.

Hunt, an Arkansas commit, is following in the footsteps of his father, who was a standout running back at Carl Albert and played for OU in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

Hunt has been a poised leader during a dominant period at Carl Albert, which has won four consecutive Class 5A state titles.

“Javion’s been a great football player and just a great kid for us his whole career,” Carl Albert coach Mike Corley said. “He’s a leader. He does things the right way."

Hunt announced his commitment to Arkansas in May.

Despite Arkansas’ recent coaching changes and struggles — the Razorbacks have won four games in the past two seasons — Hunt thinks the program is a good fit.

The 6-foot, 200-pounder chose the school over several other Division I programs, such as Baylor, Iowa State, Memphis, Minnesota, Nebraska, Texas Tech and Virginia Tech.

“A lot goes into play with picking a school,” Hunt said. “I felt the love from a lot of schools, but I went to Arkansas last year, then came back. After they changed the staff, I went up again and loved the staff. I went up again and still loved the staff, so I think it was just meant to be.”

Hunt finished his junior year with 160 carries, 1,114 yards and 25 touchdowns. He also had 135 receiving yards, one score and two touchdown passes.

Hunt, who also plays safety, likely would have finished with better numbers if he didn't suffer an ankle sprain and hamstring tear.

He said the injuries provided valuable lessons.

“I learned I could step back and lead in other ways, be a better teammate to my guys, and it really taught me just don’t take anything for granted, take care of your body,” he said. “Things are going to happen. I’ll probably get hurt again in the future, but those things need to happen for me to know how to deal with those things.”

Hunt's maturity is one of his most glaring attributes.

He looks at the big picture when considering his goals, such as leading Carl Albert to another state championship.

“Everyone wants that, but I want it to be done the right way,” he said. “I don’t really like the stress to drive for five. I really stress to build camaraderie and come together as a team. Just focusing on working hard and having fun and not letting the love of the game leave.”

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The Oklahoman’s Super 30

Name: Javion Hunt

School: Carl Albert

Super 30 ranking: No. 6

Height: 6-foot

Weight: 200 pounds

Position: Running back

Committed to: Arkansas

About the series

The Oklahoman’s Super 30 feature series will spotlight each high school football player on the Super 30 recruit rankings for the 2021 class. The series continued Tuesday with No. 6, Carl Albert’s Javion Hunt. See No. 5 on the list in Wednesday’s edition of The Oklahoman. Here are the last five players featured:

No. 10: Jaden Bray, WR, Norman

No. 9: Jordan Mukes, DB, Choctaw

No. 8: Keuan Parker, DB, Tulsa Washington

No. 7: Bryce Stephens, WR/DB, John Marshall

No. 6: Javion Hunt, RB, Carl Albert

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<strong>Carl Albert's Javion Hunt runs in for a touchdown as Del City's Jahkobie Smith chases last season in Midwest City. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]</strong>

Carl Albert's Javion Hunt runs in for a touchdown as Del City's Jahkobie Smith chases last season in Midwest City. [Sarah Phipps/The Oklahoman]

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Nick Sardis

Nick Sardis joined The Oklahoman in 2017, and he covers high school sports. Born and raised in Norman, he played baseball at Norman North High School and is a student at the University of Oklahoma. Read more ›

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