Chesapeake, Va.--A dynamic safety prospect who had already made a pair of visits to check out the Auburn Tigers, five-star Devon Hunter was back on the Plains this weekend to see Coach Gus Malzahn’s team blast visiting Arkansas 56-3.
Wanting to see what a gameday was like at Auburn and inside Jordan-Hare Stadium, Hunter said he didn’t leave disappointed.
“I finally got to see a game and how they played, and they played well as a whole team and as a unit,” Hunter said. “Just going out there and seeing the environment and the people and how the players played was great.
“It was just special to me,” he added of the environment. “I have always wanted to go to a game and check out how the Tigers were playing. They played great, especially in a big game like that against a great team. They played fundamentally sound and they did what they had to do.”
Currently looking at Alabama, Florida, North Carolina and Virginia Tech in addition to Auburn, Hunter said he hasn’t taken any official visits yet, but “most definitely” plans on returning to the Plains.
“They’re high on my list,” Hunter said. “This was my third time coming back, seeing them in a game, and interacting with the players. I just feel real comfortable there.”
Making visits and interested in the Tigers because of the thoughts of Kevin Steele’s defense could become, Hunter said after seeing them in person he really likes what Auburn has going on that side of the ball.
“It means a lot getting to see it in person and how the defensive line gets after the quarterback and how the DB’s play and how their techniques are,” Hunter said. “It was just great seeing them play in person.”
Those defensive backs for Auburn are under the guidance of Coach Wesley “Crimedog” McGriff. A veteran of coaching in the NFL and someone Hunter has built a strong relationship with, he said having McGriff on the Plains is big for him.
“It’s very important,” Hunter said. “He’s like a father figure as a coach. He’ll coach me up and love me up too at the same time. He coaches hard and he’s an energetic coach. When you’re on the field he just always wants you to have fun and just play football. I love coaches like that.”
Planning to make a decision sometime before Christmas, Hunter said he’ll take his official visits afterward during January before signing day.