Chad Simmons

Auburn's Stock On the Rise With Five-Star Football Prospect

Class of 2017 recruit Devon Hunter talks about his visit to check out the Auburn football Tigers.

Devon Hunter, rated as’s No. 4 “athlete” for the 2017 football recruiting class, visited Auburn  on Sunday and said the Tigers are now under serious consideration as a potential college destination.

“It was a great visit,” he said. “Getting to meet the head coach and getting to know the coaching staff more was great for me.

“We talked about the lifestyle of being at Auburn and if I committed what my position would be, how I would handle school and everything like that. It was great and I got to know more about the school.”

Hunter said the Tigers are recruiting him to play safety for Coach Wesley McGriff, who joined the AU staff this year after previously working in the NFL for the New Orleans Saints.

At 6-2, 206 pounds with 4.43 speed in the 40-yard dash and strong academics, it is not a surprise that the five-star recruit from Indian River High in Chesapeake, Va., has a huge number of scholarship offers.

He noted that Auburn’s stock has risen in his eyes after the visit. “They have definitely come up,” he said. “They are going to make my Top 10 list that I will be having in August before my first game.”

Asked what he is looking for in college, Hunter said, “The lifestyle after football and what will put me in the best position to be a football player and make the NFL. I want to go to a place I can graduate in three or four years.”

Hunter, who said that he is an honor student, is thinking about becoming a marketing major in college, but added that is subject to change.

Talking about the day he spent in Auburn with family members, he said  “I learned about some of the traditions, the stadium, how they do with the Heisman and some of the schemes and plays they run to prepare for teams. It was all interesting so I took it all in.”

Hunter said this summer he is concentrating on improving his footwork and man-to-man pass coverage skills. Asked why he prefers defense to offense, he said, “On defense you can make plays when you can make them. On offense you have to depend on the quarterback to get you the ball. On defense you just go out and make plays and I like hitting people.”

The safety said that he plans on being back at Auburn for another visit in December and he expects to make a college choice before Christmas.

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