Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin are some of the major FBS schools that have offered Indian River (Chesapeake, VA) star Devon Hunter, a 6’1”, 205-pound junior.
Hunter, who has played several positions including safety, linebacker, quarterback and wide receiver, certainly qualifies as a versatile prospect. Most college coaches, though, are recruiting him as a free safety, where he has demonstrated the ability to cover as well as play a physical brand of football around the line of scrimmage.
“[College coaches] like my size, speed, athleticism, hard work, playmaking abilities and smarts,” said Hunter, who has been on the major college radar since his freshman year.
From a recruiting standpoint, Hunter has experienced quite a bit the past few years. In addition to receiving numerous offers, he has taken unofficial visits to Alabama, Georgia, Maryland, NC State, South Carolina, Virginia and Virginia Tech. A trip to Clemson is planned this weekend.
“The recruiting process is a lot of fun to me. I get to visit great colleges and see the teams play. To be a top recruit is a blessing,” Hunter said. “All my hard work is paying off.”
After Saturday’s trip to Clemson to see the Tigers play Notre Dame, Hunter plans to take trips to Alabama, Georgia, Michigan, Michigan State, Florida, Florida State and UNC in the coming months. He will have seen many schools by the time his junior year comes to an end; however, a decision is not planned until next year.
“I don’t plan on making a commitment until my senior year,” Hunter said.
Staying in-state for college is an option Hunter is seriously considering. He has visited both Virginia Tech and Virginia, taking in the former twice this summer – once for a recruiting event and again for the Ohio State game in Lane Stadium on September 7 – and once for a camp in 2014.
“I’m considering both and because they are close to come and they fit me,” Hunter said, referring to Virginia Tech and Virginia.