Speedy athlete talks commit to Air Force

Speedy athlete talks commit to Air Force

The late Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis once stated, "You can't teach speed." If that's the case, the Air Force staff won't have to do much coaching in the speed department with Hunter Atyia, the 5-foot-10, 175-pound athlete from Tulsa, Okla., who gave his verbal pledge this weekend. Atyia spoke with FalconsReport.com on his decision to attend Air Force.

The late Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis once stated, "You can't teach speed." If that's the case, the Air Force staff won't have to do much coaching in the speed department with Hunter Atyia, the 5-foot-10, 175-pound athlete from Tulsa, Okla., who gave his verbal pledge this weekend. Atyia spoke with FalconsReport.com on his decision to attend Air Force.

"After the fourth game of the season," said Hunter Atyia, "I sent them my film. Coach Morgan called me back soon after and told me they were offering. He said when they watched my film they just loved my speed. He said it looked like I never got caught from behind, that I was quick and could make guys miss, and great in the open space. He told me if I went to Air Force he thought I'd be a big contributor on offense."

After taking an official visit to Air Force the week before, Atyia picked up the phone on Sunday right after noon and dialed Blane Morgan to let him know that he was on board.

"During the week I thought about what would be the best decision for me," he said. "Air Force has probably the nation's best facilities, an unbelievable campus, and I'll have my former teammate, Kale Pearson, there to help me out. He was my host on my official visit told me he wouldn't trade going there for any of the other offers he had. I love Coach Calhoun. I think he's just an awesome man to be around and will be a great coach to play for.

"They like me as a slot or V-receiver and on kick and punt returns. It was nice to meet with Coach Thiessen. He's excited about having me put on the pads for Air Force. He told me that I reminded him a lot of Chad Hall of the 49ers who played there. I liked him a lot. I didn't know he was a two-sport athlete and played baseball like I do. He's a real neat guy."

While he started out playing wide receiver at Union High School in Tulsa, he's spent the last two seasons at quarterback filling the role left by Kale Pearson.

"It was a great year all-in-all," Atyia said. "We made it to the state semifinals where we lost to Jenks who ended up winning it all in 6A. I set the school passing record for completion percentage and threw for over 2200 yards and 20 touchdowns. I had 481 rushing yards and six touchdowns."

In the spring Atyia plans on competing in the 100 meter dash. His best time in the event is a 10.8 as a sophomore. He turned in a personal best in the 40 yard dash with a 4.44 at the University of Missouri. He also plans to start preparing himself physically and mentally for his time in Colorado Springs.

"The military is nothing that I'm used to," explained Atyia. "They'll be a big difference in my lifestyle. I think that I'm going to grow into it and learn to like it. I'm going to the Prep School the first year which will not only help with the transition but I'll be a year older as a redshirt freshman and know the playbook, so I'll be ahead of the game."

Atyia chose Air Force over multiple FCS offers and a possible grayshirt offer from Tulsa. As a junior, Atyia lead Tulsa Union to a 6A state championship and was selected as Player of the Game in the final against Broken Arrow.

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