Smart offers Hunter: 'My dream came true'

Alabama is closing in on another top-ranked recruiting class on Scout, but it is also looking ahead to the next two classes simultaneously. It kicked off the week with an offer to 2017 Peach State prospect Jaden Hunter, who has been eagerly awaiting the news.

"Hybrid" players, or prospects that have the size and skill-set to play both outside linebacker and defensive end, have became more of a valued position in today's college football.

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.

"Alabama offered," Jaden Hunter said. "They called the school and he just offered me. Kirby Smart is the recruiter I spoke to.

"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."

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