Next Stop? L.A.

Hunt gets ready to shoot off the line against a Big 12 rival, the Sooners.

Former Ricebirds standout Cole Hunt will be flying to Los Angeles tomorrow to start his NFL journey.

While Hunt did not get drafted by an NFL team, following the final pick in the seventh round, a handful of clubs called to inquire about signing the former Ricebird.

Hunt ultimately decided on signing with the Los Angeles Chargers.

“Obviously you want to go somewhere where you are wanted,” he said. “Second, they have some good tight ends there but I feel like I can go there, compete and earn a spot on the 53-man roster so it was a good fit.”

This year for the first time since 2003, future hall of famer Antonio Gates will no longer be catching passes for the Chargers. Gates has not officially retired yet, but the Chargers have thanked him for his 15 years with the team via social media before the draft.

Currently, the Chargers have six tight ends on the roster, including Hunt and another undrafted rookie from Kansas they brought in following the draft.

You really don’t have much time to sit around and congratulate yourself, because if you do that, other guys will pass you up,” Hunt said.

The former Ricebird will be jamming a lot of things into this final week before he leaves for Los Angeles. On top of working out and getting familiar with his new playbook, he’s also on track to graduate with his master’s degree from Texas Christian University in Liberal Arts on Saturday.

Friday the Los Angeles Chargers will hold their three-day rookie mini-camp. Hunt is now getting closer to joining his older brother Joey by making it on an NFL roster.

“Now that it’s here, I’m this close to achieving it,” Hunt said. “I just have to put in enough work possible so I don’t look back one day and say I wish I would have done this, I wish I would have done that. Just put the most work possible and leave it in God’s hands.”

With Cole Hunt being so close to the 53-man roster, he hasn’t been distracted by the thought of playing on Sunday’s in the NFL.

“It’s still a little ways away, I’m just focused on myself right now,” Hunt said. “I can’t be getting too excited right now.”

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