Rumor has it he didn’t line up behind the center.

And he probably didn’t get into a three-point stance on either line.

As far as the other positions go, well, if it was available, Gavin Blunt most likely played it.

It’s a safe bet he played them extremely well, too.

Thanks to his unlimited versatility, the recent Aurora graduate was awarded a scholarship from a mid-major college.

Blunt, 18, signed a national letter of intent to continue his academic and football careers at the University of Akron, a Division I college that plays in the Mid-American Conference.

Blunt, who plans to major in business, is expected to focus on being a wide receiver full time with the Zips, who are led by head coach Terry Bowden.

But if injuries, illness or anything really wacky happens, it’s a safe bet the Akron coaching staff could plug its new jack-of-all-trades wherever he’s needed.

"Gavin was a first-team All-Ohio pick at three positions — linebacker, punter and wide receiver," Greenmen head football coach Bob Mihalik said. "He’s a special talent who can do multiple things."

Thanks to his ability to master several facets of the game, Blunt was a hot commodity to a plethora of schools.

In the long run, though, Blunt narrowed it down to four schools: Akron, Robert Morris University in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, the University of Albany in New York and Indiana State University.

Staying in the area danced in Blunt’s head during his visits. Seeing an old friend at one of the universities crossed his mind, too.

"Being close to home was a factor," Blunt said. "Bubba Arslanian (a linebacker for the Zips and 2017 graduate of Aurora) plays for Akron. He tried to recruit me from time to time, but he wanted me to go where I wanted to go. I loved the campus and the facilities."

Blunt is one of those rare athletes who comes around once in a generation.

Case in point: During the Greenmen’s 35-28 overtime loss to Twinsburg in Week 2, Blunt had a pair of 98-yard kickoff returns for touchdowns.

"We’ve had enough Division I athletes during my years in Aurora," Mihalik said. "When you have that many, you can figure out which ones are going to make it to that level. Gavin stands up just as well as the other guys."

Blunt suffered a leg injury against Tallmadge in Week 4. Although he missed the following game against Theodore Roosevelt, Blunt did not miss much else the rest of the year.

"It was kind of swollen, but I was fine," he said. "At that point of the season, we had to win out to make the playoffs. I needed to play."

The Greenmen certainly needed him.

Aurora lost its first three games and was 2-4 at one point. However, the Greenmen saved their best football for last by winning their last four games to advance to the playoffs.

In case you’re wondering, Aurora reached the postseason for the 13th consecutive year.

While Blunt appreciated seeing his team overcome a plethora of injuries during the season, seeing his football career end in Week 11 was a bit troubling.

The Greenmen’s season concluded with a convincing 23-0 loss to Canfield in the opening round of the Division III, Region 9 playoffs.

"We started off 0-3 and that was not good at all," Blunt said. "We didn’t just want to get to the playoffs. Obviously, we wanted to make it to the further rounds."

Prior to the playoff loss, Blunt averaged a mind-boggling 39.4 yards per punt return. He also caught 29 passes for 321 yards and four touchdowns.

On defense, Blunt made 63 tackles, including seven for a loss, and had five sacks.

Blunt added two other TDs on kick returns and had a breathtaking 41-yard average in 2017.

"He has all of the athleticism, but he’s also a quiet, hard-working kid," Mihalik said. "When your best player is your hardest worker, that makes it easy for a coach."

Blunt joins a Zips’ squad that finished 7-7 overall and 6-2 in the MAC. An opportunity to get on the field may happen sooner than later.

"My coaches told me not to go into the year thinking I’m going to get redshirted," Blunt said. "They are going to play the best guy. I just have to work hard. Hopefully, my opportunity will come soon."

Reporter Frank Aceto can be reached at 330-541-9444, faceto@recordpub.com or @FrankAceto_RPC.