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"Man, I'm going to do this"

A few of Texas Tech’s 2013 signees have dreamt about being a Red Raider for several years, so when the scholarship offer came, committing was a no-brainer. Most of the signees, however, chose the Red Raiders after mulling over several other options for months.

Weishuhn passed up an offer to Angelo State to walk on for the Red Raiders.

Then there’s Seminole (Texas) tight end Hunter Weishuhn, who passed up a scholarship offer to Angelo State to accept a preferred walk-on opportunity at Tech in pursuit of his dream of playing for the Red Raiders.

“It’s an hour from my hometown, Seminole,” Weishuhn said. “I always grew up watching them, and I’ve always liked them a lot. When I was young I said to myself, ‘Man, I’m going to do this.’”

The 6-foot-6, 225-pounder, who missed the latter part of his senior year with a torn posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), knew Texas Tech was the right place after getting a taste of the energetic atmosphere around the program.

“I was talking to a couple colleges about playing football,” Weishuhn said. “I went to Texas Tech on my first visit and liked it a lot, then I went back on my second visit and I got to talk with all of the players and the coaches. I loved it. I was able to relate with all of them. All of the coaches are real young, it was just a fun atmosphere. They’re getting some good things going, and I decided this is what I’ve always wanted to do.”

Weishuhn will work at tight end, and could be the eventual successor to Jace Amaro. After some time in the Red Raiders strength and conditioning program, he could become an option at other positions too.

“I need to gain a little bit of weight and I need to get a little faster,” Weishuhn said. “I’ll stay (at tight end) I guess. (Co-defensive coordinator Mike) Smith sort of talked to me about putting me on scout team and throwing me across the line to let me rush the quarterback a little bit too.”

As a preferred walk-on, Weishuhn will begin workouts with the rest of the 2013 class in June.

“When I come in I’m a part of the team and will be treated like a scholarship player,” Weishuhn said. “They’ll bring me up in the summer to start workouts and I’ll do everything the team does and prove myself.”

It was hard for Weishuhn to pass up a scholarship to Angelo State, but perhaps it was easier than passing up his dream.

“I really liked it,” Weishuhn said. “They have good coaches, and it’s good program. I was heavily considering it until I met players and coaches at Tech. It just feels like family.”

In less than three months, Weishuhn will be well under way to living his dream

“I think about it every day,” Weishuhn said. “I’m ready to get this started."

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