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’25 RB from Shelbyville may be Kentucky’s most productive performer

We really want to congratulate the Hunter family in Shelbyville, Kentucky. How they discovered a name where there are so many vowels is somewhat amazing. What else is amazing is Giaonni Hunter’s game play. The 5’11,” 210-pounder with the 3.83 GPA will be among Kentucky’s more recruited players in next year’s senior class. His on-field production is something worthy of a Shakespearean sonnet.

HB Lyon, Scouting Director, KPGFootball


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Today, the Mingua Beef Jerky Company still prides itself on using its old-fashioned, all-natural recipes which offer outstanding products to customers across the nation. The recipes are a family tradition, passed down from generation to generation.     

Our recipes and our quality ingredients, hand-cut from solid pieces of beef, are never chopped or formed like other brands, making our products superior and one of a kind. That would make our products similar to this week’s Protein-packed PerformerGiaonni Hunter, ’25 RB/LB from Shelby County High School in Shelbyville, Kentucky. 

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Running back was a really hard position this year across Kentucky. There were backs this year with unbelievable yards from scrimmage compilations and scoring outbursts like this commonwealth has never before seen.

Giaonni Hunter was no different. Hunter carried the ball from scrimmage age 221-times for 1,734-yards. That comes out to 7.85-yards per carry and 174-rushing yards per game approximately.

Hunter had 135-yards receiving, a receiving TD, and 1,870-all purpose yards with 20-all purpose TDs. Hunter was the team’s leading scorer.

Hunter played a little defense too. He was among the leaders in tackles (43), TFLs (4.5), and QB-sacks (2). He forced a fumble, recovered a fumble, and took that recovered fumble back 57-yards for a “scoop and score.”

Hunter had 45-tackles, a pair of sacks, and a 57-yard “scoop and score” in ’23 on defense

KHSAA statistical website

Hunter is a class of ’25 performer who is 5’11,” 210-pounds. This means he is put together exactly like how colleges like to see their RBs anatomically composed.

Next level, Hunter is a guy we believe will play RB but we could see him playing LBer too, depending on that program’s particular needs. We can’t fathom his not playing on Saturdays, particularly with the 3.83 GPA he is rocking!

For now, Hunter is focused on getting his Rockets past the 4-win plateau and into the playoffs his senior year. Shelby County was a young team in ’23 relying on inexperienced players at many positions to lead the ball club.

Join us next week as we return to honor another weekly prize winner. Until then, pop some Mingua Beef Jerky in your mouth and savor the quality and flavor which sets it apart from the competition. Remember, our product is superior and one of a kind; just like Shelbyville’s, Giaonni Hunter. 

This is Friday Night Fletch reporting for Kentucky Prep Gridiron and reminding you to PLAY THROUGH THE WHISTLE. Don’t forget to SAVOR THE FLAVOR! 

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Two-time winner of Kentucky Press Association awards for excellence in writing and reporting news stories while Managing Editor of the Jackson (KY) Times-Voice

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