Projecting Where 5-Star Safety Devon Hunter Will Commit

    Five-star safety Devon Hunter has narrowed down his recruitment and will announce his commitment on Friday. The Campus Insiders staff gave its predictions on where the nation's No. 5 overall player will end up.

    January 18, 2017

    Five-star safety Devon Hunter has narrowed down his recruitment and will announce his commitment on Friday. The Campus Insiders staff gave its predictions on where the nation’s No. 5 overall player will end up. 


    We’re about two weeks away from National Signing Day, and there’s at least one player who can’t wait until Feb. 1 to announce his college commitment.

    Five-star prospect Devon Hunter, the nation’s No. 1 safety and No. 5 overall player, will be making his commitment on Friday. He’ll be choosing between Alabama, Auburn, Florida, North Carolina, Ole Miss and his home-state Virginia Tech Hokies.

    Hunter gave three of his five official visits to (in chronological order) the Hokies, Tar Heels and Gators. He’s still scheduled to visit Auburn this weekend and Alabama on Jan. 27.

    The Campus Insiders staff got together and offered predictions for where the 5-star safety will send his National Letter of Intent.

    Robert Judin

    If the Gators had any hope of landing Hunter, it was due to Torrian Gray’s relationship with the 5-star safety. Hunter absolutely loved his trip to Gainesville, but it’s not going to be enough to get him to Florida. He’s going to be a Hokie. With the energy Justin Fuente has brought into that program, Hunter will stay close to home and wreak havoc on the ACC’s receivers for the next three to four years.

    Brian Stultz

    I think he goes to Virginia Tech where he will be a star, and not just another 5-star patrolling the secondary for the Hokies. Don’t forget: the Coastal Division champion Hokies aren’t too far off from contending for a spot in the College Football Playoff either.

    Dave Miller

    The Indian River High School senior still has six programs in the picture, but all indications are that he will remain in-state and choose to play for Justin Fuente, Bud Foster and Virginia Tech. He can be a star safety in the Hokies’ defensive system.

    Alabama will always be a threat for top prospects because it has won four national championships in the last eight seasons, and Nick Saban is vying for a seventh consecutive composite No. 1 recruiting class. But the Hokies have pushed for Hunter’s pledge throughout a good portion of his high school career, so I think VT will ultimately get his Letter of Intent.

    Jeff Bartl

    This should be a quality pick up for Justin Fuente and the Hokies. Bringing in one of the nation’s top recruits makes Virginia Tech a major player on the recruiting scene. Hunter seriously considered leaving the state, but he’ll decide to play near home and for a coach that made him a recruiting priority.

    Kurt Schwerman

    I don’t think he’s leaving the state of Virginia. Justin Fuente has made it clear how much he would like to sign Hunter, and with the ACC continuously getting stronger over the past few years, I’m not sure there is a better fit for Hunter than Virginia Tech. He will be a crucial piece of the Hokies defense for at least a few years.

    Jonathan Bass

    Looks like it’s between VT and Florida, and I’ll take Florida to close the deal here. The Gators have a healthy amount of their defensive secondary departing, so there’s room to compete for early playing time. Hunter is also being recruited heavily by Torrian Gray, a former safety and defensive backs coach at Virginia Tech. I’m not saying that Gray will, in any way, negatively recruit against his alma mater/former employer, but he is best equipped to paint a picture of what Bud Foster’s defense can, and more specifically, cannot do for a safety of Hunter’s caliber. Florida pulls off a bit of a surprise here.

    MORE: Florida Gators Mock 2017 Recruiting Class

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