Ringgold offensive lineman Hunter Sosebee is the No. 7-ranked college football prospect among area high school seniors. Sosebee, who has offers from the Air Force Academy and Illinois State and is drawing interest also from Georgia State and Middle Tennessee State, sat down with the Times Free Press recently before the start of his final prep season.
Q: What did Ringgold's strong playoff run last year do for your recruiting?
A: "It really helped me out greatly, because it put Ringgold on the map and opened people's eyes that Ringgold has talent. I started getting calls after the season, and it's picked up since."
Q: Where do you stand right now with your recruiting?
A: "Air Force and Illinois State are top two schools that have offered me, but Georgia State has been there from the start and is recruiting me hard. I'm going to watch the Air Force-Navy game October 4th, and I go to Georgia State October 13th for a visit."
Q: What do you have to prove to schools to get their attention this season?
A: "Just show I have the athletic ability and that I can gain the weight to play the offensive line. I weighed 210 last year and now I'm at 250. I plan to stay at 250 this season, and if I go to Air Force they want me at 275."
Q: Describe the experience of attending a college camp for an offensive lineman.
A: "I've been to a lot of one-day prospect camps at places like UTC, Georgia State, MTSU and Georgia Southern. It's a great experience, and going to those camps and getting to play against the best players has made the game easier for me."
Q: Describe the best attribute you bring to the offensive line.
A: "My mental toughness and that I never give up, no matter how I'm getting beat. I'm pretty athletic, too."
Lindsey Young is a sports writer at the Chattanooga Times Free Press who started work at the Chattanooga News-Free Press 24 years ago. He covers the Northwest Georgia prep beat and NASCAR. Lindsey’s hometown is Ringgold, Ga., and he graduated from Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School. He received an associate’s degree from Dalton Junior College (now Dalton State) and a bachelor’s degree in communications from UTC. He has won several writing awards, including two Tennessee Sports ...