Hunter Giella (11) runs during a Providence Christian football game.

Former Providence Christian wide receiver Hunter Giella will transfer to Furman University after the football program at his previous school, Florida Tech, was cancelled due to economic strain caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Giella, who graduated high school in 2019, was informed about the shutdown in a team meeting in May.

“I was completely shocked. That meeting was supposed to be for our plan coming back for summer," said Giella, who had Furman as a favorite coming out of high school. "None of us had any idea that that was happening. Our coaches broke down into tears and told us that the program was shut down and that we were going to have to transfer if we wanted to keep playing.”

Soon after the shutdown of Florida Tech’s football program was announced, coaches from other colleges began recruiting him. However, only one school, Newberry College, offered him a scholarship until Furman came calling.

“Newberry College actually offered me and I was planning on going to Newberry until I got accepted to Furman and they told me they had a spot for me on the team,” Giella said.

With an improved academic resumé since his high school years, Furman was the easy decision for Giella.

“I just visited and toured Furman and I love it," Giella said. "It’s a beautiful campus, the football stadium is awesome, the facilities are great and I love the coaches. The receiving coach had recruited me out of high school, so there was already a relationship there. I’m really just excited for a new start somewhere that has a lot of potential and has a really great team.”

Giella will keep his four remaining years of eligibility and will enter Furman as a redshirt freshman.

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