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Fri. February 4, 2011 | Bryan Burns

Hunter Joyer has one more athletic feat he'd like to accomplish before his high school career is complete.

The FHSAA will allow him to pursue that goal.

Just hours after signing a letter of intent to play football at the University of Florida, Joyer traveled to Ocala along with his father Jack and Wesley Chapel athletic director Steve Mumaw for a FHSAA hearing concerning his eligibility. According to Mumaw, Joyer was granted a hardship waiver by the FHSAA to participate in athletics for Wesley Chapel for the spring semester.

Joyer attended Wesley Chapel his first two years of high school before transferring to Tampa Catholic. As a junior at Tampa Catholic, Joyer helped the Crusaders advance to the Class 2A state football title game. He also won the Class 2A state title in the shot put.

Citing "financial and logistical reasons", Joyer returned to Wesley Chapel for his final semester of high school after completing his senior season of football at Tampa Catholic. In order to be able to participate for Wesley Chapel in the spring, Joyer had to apply for a hardship waiver from the FHSAA.

"The FHSAA was very understanding of Hunter's situation," Mumaw said. "We were able to appeal. They understood the reason for the appeal, and they accepted."

Now eligible to compete for the Wildcats this spring, Joyer would like to see his picture hanging next to his brother Kamran's in the Wesley Chapel gymnasium along with all of the other Wildcats who have won state titles. Kamran, now a redshirt freshman offensive lineman at Louisville, won a state title in the shot put in 2009 at Wesley Chapel.

"I just think they have a nice little brother rivalry with the shot put," Mumaw said. "He wants to get his picture up in the gym just like Kamran."

Hunter Joyer, a 5-foot-11, 237 pound fullback ranked the top recruit at his position this season by Rivals.com and Scout.com, will also compete in weightlifting for Wesley Chapel according to Mumaw.

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