Projected Position: Versatile DB
Rivals: 4-star, #47 player nationally, #4 safety, #2 player in VA
247: 4-star, #45 player nationally, #5 safety, #3 player in VA
ESPN: 4-star, #126 player nationally, #10 safety, #3 player in VA
Scout: 5-star, #7 player nationally, #1 safety
Other Power 5 offers: 25
Devon Hunter was Virginia Tech’s #1 priority for the 2017 class for quite some time, and the entire VT coaching staff put the fullcourt press on him over the past year. That includes area recruiter Zohn Burden, safeties coach Galen Scott, defensive coordinator Bud Foster and head coach Justin Fuente. The staff let Hunter introduce Tech’s Battle at Bristol uniforms to the world over the summer, which made it clear that he was no ordinary prospect to them.
Considering his offer list, his physical skills, his national ranking and the in-state perception that he brings with him, none of that is a surprise. When you consider the rankings and the offer list, Hunter is one of the top recruits Virginia Tech has ever signed. He’s not quite in the Tyrod Taylor or Kevin Jones area, but his national ranking is similar to guys like David Wilson and Ryan Williams.
Hunter let his recruitment drag on until near the end of the process, though he was considered a Virginia Tech lean the entire time. He finally committed to the Hokies on January 20, ending one of the longest and hardest fought recruitments in school history. Let’s turn on the film and see exactly what the Hokies are getting.