Sherman senior Christian Hunt embodies the old coaching adage that it’s never the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.

Sherman senior Christian Hunt embodies the old coaching adage that it’s never the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.

A multi-position player during his three seasons on the Bearcats’ varsity football team, Hunt proved his versatility, and that made him attractive to several Division II universities. On Wednesday, Hunt cashed in his opportunity, signing with William Jewell College (Mo.) at Sherman High School with family members, coaches and teammates present.

"It’s a dream come true," Hunt said. "It’s always been my dream to play any collegiate sport. It’s been my dream since I was a little kid."

With Hunt added to the fold, the Cardinals continue a pipeline to North Texas. William Jewell had 12 Texans on its 2013 football roster, all from the Metroplex. Cardinals assistant head coach Shawn Weigel, who recruited Hunt, is a former defensive coordinator at Austin College.

Jewell was the school that showed the most interest in Hunt, and in the end, that fact won him over.

"The teacher-to-student ratio is about 11-to-1," Hunt said. "If I’m ever having problems in any of my classes, I’m able to easily get a hold of a professor. I’m not just another number to them. I’m an actual name and face to them."

Hunt plans to study business at Jewell, and one day hopes to join the Federal Bureau of Investigations.

The 6-foot, 215-pound Hunt finished last season with 61 tackles for Sherman, including eight tackles for losses and a sack, while splitting time between offense and defense — a hard thing to do at the Class 4A level.

"To be a dual-role position guy, it’s tough," Sherman defensive coordinator Jarrad Jones said. "He played the first part of the season with the offense mainly, then after we got into district play, he became the defensive end for us. He played with a passion that exceeds almost everyone else on the football field."

As a junior, Hunt started at inside linebacker alongside Kahlee Woods, Sherman’s all-time leading tackler, and amassed 74 total tackles himself. Last fall, as the Bearcats shifted back to a 4-3 defense, Hunt moved to defensive end and was voted first-team all-District 13-4A.

"I just like to hit people," he said.

Hunt didn’t take a direct route to defensive end, however. Though undersized for the position, Hunt, who was already a long snapper on special teams, took over as the starting center to begin the season.

"I used to play center when I was a freshman and in seventh and eighth grade," he said. "You’re going against a lot bigger kids and lot more talent. I think I have a big heart, so I can push through anything I can put my mind to."

Sherman coaches are glad that Hunt was raised right.

"He has great family support," Jones said. "His parents were at every practice. Christian is a great kid both on and off the field. His parents are exceptional."

Hunt’s senior season turned out to have a disappointing conclusion as the Bearcats finished 4-6 and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2007, but Hunt said it was a learning experience for himself and his teammates.

"Even through hard times, the losses and stuff, we still stuck (together) as a team," he said. "That’s what matters."