Five-star safety Devon Hunter revealed his top five schools with the ACC and SEC well represented.
On Sunday night, the nation’s No. 1 safety and No. 5 overall player unveiled his top five schools as his recruitment nears an end.
Devon Hunter, from Chesapeake, Virginia, included three SEC powers as well as two ACC programs on his final list. In alphabetical order, his teams are Alabama, Auburn, Florida, North Carolina and Virginia Tech. He revealed his list in a custom video he tweeted out.
— Devon Hunter (@devonhunter11) October 31, 2016
At 6-foot-1, 206 lbs Hunter is a true athlete all over the field. Albeit not as explosive, he has the versatility of Jabrill Peppers. On offense, Hunter gets to the edge and can get north in a hurry. He has a strong lower body and great balance.
On defense, where he’ll likely play most of his reps at the next level, Hunter is a ballhawk. With his vision, he’s a pick-six threat when he does intercept a pass — great ball skills at multiple positions. He closes in on routes quickly due to his ability to recognize plays early. He’s a strong, physical safety, too.
While Alabama, Auburn and North Carolina made the cut, it’s difficult to imagine Hunter ending up anywhere other than Florida or Virginia Tech.
The Hokies have gotten off to a great start at 6-2 with first-year head coach Justin Fuente, so it’s easy to see the home state team winning out. But Hunter has a great relationship with former Virginia Tech defensive backs coach and current Florida defensive backs coach Torrian Gray.
If he doesn’t end up in Blacksburg, expect to see Hunter in The Swamp.
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