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Hawks’ first-year high school player Hewitt lands offer from Panthers

Size, athleticism peak interest of numerous college programs

South Hamilton senior Carter Hewitt poses for a photo prior to the start of the season in August. Hewitt, a tight end and defensive end, received a college offer from UNI on Tuesday. DFJ photo/Angela Hewitt

JEWELL — Carter Hewitt is a living, breathing example of how life can change when least expected.

Two months ago, he was basketball and baseball player who was going to give football a try for the first time in four years because it sounded fun.

And now, the South Hamilton senior is a full-fledged football guy with multiple offers to play the sport at the next level.

Hewitt, a 6-foot-6, 250-pound tight end and defensive end for the fourth-ranked (Class 1A) and unbeaten Hawks, announced on Twitter Tuesday evening that he has been offered a scholarship to play at the University of Northern Iowa, an FCS program, next fall. It followed earlier offers from NAIA schools Mt. Mary and Graceland, as well as Division II offers from Augustana, Northwest Missouri State, Wayne State and Upper Iowa.

“With his size, it turns a lot of heads, but then when (recruiters) have a chance to break down his play and his development from week to week, that’s what makes him an attractive prospect,” South Hamilton head coach Corey Klemp said. “It really is an exciting time for Carter and a lot of our guys.”

South Hamilton defensive end Carter Hewitt (84) attempts to bat down a pass against Aplington-Parkersburg earlier this month. DFJ photo/Angela Hewitt

At tight end, Hewitt has caught three passes for 66 yards and a touchdown this fall, but his bigger offensive contribution has been as a blocker for the Hawks, who lead the class in rushing yards. Defensively, he has 141⁄2 tackles, including three sacks and 51⁄2 tackles for loss.

Hewitt projects as either a tight end or an offensive lineman at the collegiate level.

Klemp says it was a gradual process over several years to get Hewitt to join the South Hamilton football program. But once he got his helmet, he was hooked.

“He and I talked about it here and there, kind of over the years, and then some of the kids said he was maybe considering it,” Klemp said. “Then he came out this summer and you could tell right away that he was in love with football again. He’s made incredible progress week to week.”

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