Defender Has Tigers In Top Two

This Florida defensive player talks about his official visit to Auburn over the weekend.

Bradenton, Fla.--One of the top defenders in Florida took an official visit to Auburn this weekend and says that Auburn is in his top two after an exciting weekend seeing the Iron Bowl in person. Athletic defender C.J. Hunnicutt, a 6-3, 220-pounder with great speed, says that he enjoyed everything about his visit and had a good time with player host Stanley McClover while in town.

"He just showed me what there is to do besides football in Auburn," Hunnicutt tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "That was the best part about it along with the game. He's from Florida so I got a perspective on what it's like to come from Florida and go there. He knows what it's all about."

A visitor to several games this fall, Hunnicutt says that the game itself was exciting, but not much different from what he has seen this season. That's not the case with before the game though as the Tiger Walk definitely captured his attention.

"I was at the end of it," Hunnicutt says. "It was pretty crazy. People you have never even seen before know you're name. I don't know how that happens. Those people are crazy about some Auburn Tiger football right there."

Even with a disappointing season the fans were at a fever pitch before and during Saturday night's 28-23 victory over Alabama. While that wouldn't be the case at a lot of schools in the country, Hunnicutt says he thought that everything would be fine on the Plains because of how much this rivalry means to the people in Alabama.

"There are some fans that are loyal and there are some fans that are not," Hunnicutt says of the excitement surrounding the weekend despite the records for both teams. "When all there is in the state is Auburn and Alabama I kind of expected it."

Hunnicutt says that he plans to take all of his official visits before making a decision. A good student who is on track to qualify while also an outstanding football player, it's no wonder that he's received attention from schools all over the country. Even so he says that two schools have moved ahead in the race for his signature on signing day in February.

"That was the first of my four visits I have set up and I've got one more," Hunnicutt says. "I don't know where I'm going to go, but I'll use it to go somewhere. I'm going to visit USF (South Florida), West Virginia and Ohio State, but Auburn is definitely one of my two right now. It's Auburn and West Virginia right now."

Hunnicutt is a player that many Auburn fans might not know much about because he's from the talent rich Brandenton, Fla. area, not an area usually known for producing Auburn football players. A 6-3, 220-pounder with 4.65 speed in the 40-yard dash, Hunnicutt is a standout defensive end, but most colleges are recruiting him as an outside linebacker for the next level.

One of the most dominant pass rushers in the South this year Hunnicutt was almost unblockable in his senior season. Playing defensive end exclusively he finished with 75 tackles and 18 sacks. Add those numbers to his 22 sacks as a junior and you have an explosive player that is a playmaker on the defensive side of the ball.


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