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Despite his family moving to Alabama, Calvin Blunt Jr. is staying in Morgantown to finish out four-sport preps career at Trinity Christian

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Calvin Blunt Jr. has been in Morgantown since he was 9 years old, and nothing can convince him to leave: Not even his family moving to Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Going into his senior year, Blunt not only will be suiting up for the Warriors’ in their second season on the gridiron, but he’ll also be playing soccer and basketball and running with the track team. So why not move to the backyard of the Southeastern Conference’s pride and joy? Simply, he didn’t want to leave the teams he’s come to love. 

“I wanted to be a leader and [share my] experience so they can have a better future there,” Blunt said. “I want to bring good communication and a willingness to get the job done.” 

Blunt’s father, Calvin Blunt Sr., took a promotion within the Federal Bureau of Prisons and will be transferring from USP Hazelton in Preston County to FCI Aliceville outside of Tuscaloosa.

“He really was interested in remaining here and finishing out what he started,” Blunt Sr. said. “In our household, we always look to put the best foot forward, make the best choices and never try to quit on something that we have started. He reminded me of that, wanting to be with the people he started this with and I respect that. He’s a responsible gentleman and I’m proud of him for standing up for something he believes so [whole heartedly] in.

“I want the best for him.” 

After high school, Blunt plans on staying in Morgantown for college and attending West Virginia for physical therapy. Although he’s in love with everything WVU has to offer, he does wish they had one significant program.

“I fell in love with the culture of WVU especially [in terms] of the state,” Blunt said. “I love all of it. WVU has great programs, I love what the football team does. I’ve never seen anything like it. 

“I wish they had a men’s track program, though.” 

Although Marcus Law is no longer the head football coach, stepping down and being replaced by offensive coordinator Chris Simpson, Blunt has plenty of hopes going into his final year at Trinity. In the Warriors’ inaugural season, offensively Blunt secured over 224 rushing yards and one touchdown on 49 carries and as a cornerback secured the team’s only pick-6. 

“Coach [Chris] Simpson has great knowledge and is a really uplifting person. He’s a good guy. He helped me through formations and everything [last year] and is a really good offensive coordinator. I feel like he’ll bring us closer [as a team] throughout the season,” Blunt said. “I can’t wait for football season.” 

Still, living thousands of miles away from his family is going to be hard, but he’s taking that in stride because he knows he isn’t truly alone in this decision. 

“We’ve talked about it and there are people in West Virginia that are family to me. I know that my family has my back. It’s all cool,” Blunt said. 

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