May 28, 2017 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff WriterRiverton's senior lineman has committed to the University of Wyoming.
Surrounded by the colors of Riverton High School -- cardinal red, white and black -- Hunter Lee will graduate with his senior class at commencement ceremonies on Sunday.
Forgive him if he is, instead, dreaming about brown and gold.
The Wolverine team captain, Class 3-A first-team all-state selection and defensive terror for the Riverton Wolverines, stands 6-foot-3, weighs 280 pounds and has signed a letter of commitment to play for the Wyoming Cowboys football team this coming season in Laramie.
He'll be the first in his family to attend college.
"They started recruiting me a little bit in October during football season and kept me updated with what was going on," said Lee, adding that he has wanted to play for the Cowboys since he saw his first game as a 10-year old, a Wyoming victory over rival Colorado State University.
"When Hunter started playing for us as a sophomore, he played real high. He's gotten much better about being pad-level and getting up field. His motor has improved, chasing down plays from the backside," said Riverton head football coach Pat Patterson. "That's what college coaches look for, kids that have a motor."
Smaller NCAA Division-II schools Chadron State College and Black Hills State University and regional NAIA schools also recruited Lee, be he has opted for the tougher challenge at Wyoming.
"It's exciting to go to a bigger school and get this opportunity. Wyoming has such a great program now -- a team that wasn't winning many games," said Lee, who is uncertain what his academic major will be. "Coach Bohl has done a great job."
Dan Lee, Hunter's dad and himself a former Class 4-A pole vault state champion at Green River, thinks Wyoming is a great fit for Hunter.
"We've called Wyoming home for 39 years," said Dan Lee. "Hunter has done nothing but impress me through his sports career and in his education. He sets reachable goals for himself and when he achieves those, he sets another one. I'm proud of him."
Lee, who just completed a stellar track season and finished second in the Class 3-A discus and third in the shot put, is one of three members of Riverton's senior class who will compete in NCAA Division I athletics.
Four-time state champion golfer Easton Paxton will hit the links at North Carolina State and multi-event state champion Alec Richardson will attend Idaho State for track.
Lee is not quite done with his high school football career and will compete in the 44th annual Wyoming Shrine Bowl football game, to be played on June 10 at Natrona County High School in Casper.
Lee will be on the North squad and will join Wolverines teammates Teron Doebele, Brady Fullerton and Kyren Higgs.
Hunter's stepmother is Carol Lee.
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