Devon Hunter is making sure he is doing his due diligence. There will no quick and rash decision for the five-star athlete.
"I'm getting to know the schools more, getting a feel for the coaches and football there," said the Chesapeake, Virginia native.
Hunter is Scout's No. 4 overall player in the country and third-ranked athlete. He is being courted by several top programs including: Alabama, Clemson, Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Auburn, Florida State, Notre Dame, Michigan, Maryland, Ohio State and many more.
His most recent visit was to an SEC school last weekend.
"I just came back from Auburn on Sunday," said Hunter. "I don't where I will be going to next right now, but Auburn was my last visit...The visit was great. I got to basically learn more about the school."
The Tigers are recruiting Hunter to play strong safety. During his time at Auburn, he was able to connect with the head coach, Gus Malzahn, and check in with defensive assistant Coach Wesley McGriff. According to Hunter, McGriff's experience in the NFL working for the New Orleans Saints is certainly a positive. The visit overall definitely raised Auburn's stock.
"The love [they showed stood out], he said. "I see love a lot of times, but they were really pressing me as a player. With that being said, what made it stand apart was knowing that they were all about me, and they were willing to put their time in and effort."
Hunter is hoping these visits will give him more clarity on each of the teams that have offered him. Over the spring he took a trip to Gainesville, Florida to see the Gators. This was an interesting visit, because although it was his first time seeing the facilities at The Swamp, it would not be his first encounter with defensive back coach, Torrian Gray.
"When he was at Virginia Tech, we had a great relationship and then he moved down to Florida, and we have the same relationship," said Hunter. "He is still a great coach. I would love to play for him, and he placed a lot of DBs in the first round in the NFL draft. He seems like the type of coach that can put me there."
Although his relationship with Gray is one reason why he is considering Florida as a landing spot, it is not the only one.
"Also of getting on the field early," he said. "To find a school like that, that doesn't have a lot of guys in my position and knowing that I can come in and play early in the school, and then go as a defensive back in the first round, it doesn't get much better than that."
Thats the very reason why Clemson remains a school in high consideration as well.
"ACC is great and Clemson was one of my favorite schools growing up as a kid," Hunter said. "Playing college football for them would be an experience for me... They put DBs in the league, and they know what they are talking about. They run a NFL style type of defense."
Hunter hopes to trim his list to ten before his season starts. Auburn, Alabama, Clemson, Florida, North Carolina and Virginia Tech are the six schools very likely to make the cut. However, before he decides, Hunter is trying to "take the process in" and is try to learn as much as possible about each suitor. Then once his list is cut, he will take his official visits in the fall and winter.
"Not sure which ones I will be taking yet," he said. "But I know I'm not going to take officials to schools I can drive to. It's got to be far away."
In the end, all his research and all his visits will help him find the school that fits his idea of the perfect program.
"Schools that will put me in the best position to make my dreams come true," he said. "Which ever school that puts me in that position and where I can see myself comfortable thats the school."