Between basketball games in the pool, fishing trips and football practices, Michael Stinnett and Josh Hunt have hung around together a lot over the past four years.
The two Sycamore seniors were close enough friends that Stinnett sometimes would find Hunt over at his pool even when he wasn’t home.
Now, even after high school graduation this spring, the two will remain close as both signed Monday to play football at St. Ambrose University (Iowa).
“Obviously, it was a pretty big factor. I wanted to keep playing football with the guys on this team and I’m able to play with one,” Stinnett said. “I’ll be rooming with Josh. It’s going to be fun.”
Hunt, a defensive end, and Stinnett, a safety, were two of the main contributors for a stingy Spartans defense that helped Sycamore to its best season in school history, notching 12 consecutive wins and a Northern Illinois Big 12 East title before losing to Montini in the Class 5A state semifinals.
Both mentioned the campus and facilities as attractive options for choosing St. Ambrose, an NAIA Division II school located in Davenport, Iowa. Specifically, Hunt said he liked the ability to get an education from a private school while also living in a more-populated area in the Quad Cities.
Stinnett, an all-area first-team selection, said he will remain at safety while Hunt, an all-area second-team pick, likely will move to an outside linebacker spot in St. Ambrose’s 3-4 defensive scheme.
Although it’s highly unlikely their dorm room will feature a swimming pool, the shared football memories are sure to continue for Hunt and Stinnett.
“It’s always been a dream,” Hunt said. “I’m just glad I still have four more years left to do what I love doing and get a good education along with it.”