It's especially paramount in the SEC, and a 2017 talent now has an offer to potentially become one of the next edge threats in the conference.
"I'm going down there this weekend (junior day), but I love the defensive scheme and the coaches. They like me as a stand-up linebacker."
Hunter, listed at 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, transferred from Riverwood High in Atlanta (Ga.) to Westlake High after the holiday break. He believes he has what it takes to play in America's toughest football league.
"Because of my speed off the edge," he said. "And my moves, skill-set, plus I'm versatile so I can play man and zone (coverage)."
The new offer, which was followed by a Colorado State extension later in the day, further validated Hunter's potential.
"It's on another level," he said of the Crimson Tide's news. "It's the best feeling. It motivates me to work even harder to get to be the best of the best.
"I think Alabama and FSU are my Top 2. I love FSU and I've always wanted an Alabama offer and I got it. My dream came true."
The Seminoles have yet to offer Hunter, who expects more interest to come his way.
"This is a great feeling, I think there are more schools visiting so I think there might be more offers," he said. "I'll always work hard, and won't stop."