LAFAYETTE — Hunter Register announced his college commitment by pulling off his heavily adorned high school letter jacket and pulling on a fleece pull-over with a scarlet and gold M on the front.
Where he’s going, he’s probably going to need it.
The Comeaux standout announced from his school cafeteria Wednesday night that he would be attending the University of Minnesota, where he will play wide receiver.
“I’m just looking to play big-time football at a big-time level,” Register said.
The 6-foot-4 Register said he was impressed by the range of possibilities Minnesota presents, including the big-city atmosphere, the nationally televised games and he said he sees the program is on the rise.
The continuity of the Minnesota coaching staff was also a big sticking point for Register.
“I knew they were going to be there whenever I get there,” Register said. “Nobody’s leaving.”
Register didn’t even let his parents know where he was going until Monday, after the Louisiana-Lafayette basketball game. Register’s brother Hayward is a guard on the Cajuns basketball team.
Harold D. Register Jr., Register’s father, said that the Minnesota coaching staff was looking for an answer this late in the recruiting stage.
“They said, ‘You’ve got to let us know. We have never gone this deep in the recruiting process and have not gotten a commitment.’ So I got him home Monday after the UL basketball game … and said, ‘Look son, let’s make a decision. Let me know now.’
“He was concerned about us whether we would follow him to Minnesota, and I said, ‘Boy, please.’ ”
Register said he waited so long to make a decision because he was torn about leaving home. The decision to leave his hometown was made easier when the Ragin’ Cajuns pulled their scholarship offer — a fact that didn’t make Harold Register very happy.
“I would’ve preferred my son to go local but (Cajuns coach Mark Hudspeth) offered him a scholarship and then took it away,” Harold Register said. “Why he did that I have no idea.”
Register didn’t post huge offensive numbers as a senior this season, but he always only seemed to be a heartbeat away from making a momentum-changing play.
He returned multiple kicks and punts back for scores and also was a standout as a sort of center fielder in the defensive backfield.
With his size and speed, Register said he thinks he can have an immediate impact as a downfield target in the Gophers offense while also adding a little Acadiana flair.
“I think I’m going to bring that deep threat, being that I have nice speed,” Register said. “And I’m going to bring the southern lifestyle up there.”
As far as the cold weather is concerned? Well, Register has done his research in that department.
“Most people don’t know,” Register said. “They think it’s cold, but it’s in the south part of Minnesota. On the average game, the temperature is 64.5 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s not really that cold.
“I was real worried about that, because I wasn’t going to go up there if it was snowing every game. But they told me about the (average temperatures), and that’s basically what it was today — a nice cool day.”