When McCormick High School defensive end Kenneth Gunter signs his national letter of intent with Benedict College on Tuesday, he will quickly tell you the Tigers are getting a better, smarter football player than he was two years ago.
That shouldn’t come as a huge surprise, as the goal for any player is to get better with experience. But Gunter’s evolution into a more technically sound player wasn’t a gradual one.
It was spurred by one cataclysmic event, one that nearly derailed his dreams of playing college football altogether.
After dealing with some pain in his right knee during the Chiefs’ run to the 2012 Class A Upper State championship, Gunter had the knee examined.
The diagnosis was crushing: a torn anterior cruciate ligament, an injury that would require reconstructive surgery and a lengthy rehabilitation.
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