Hunter Rethinking Decision?

A surprise visitor to Gainesville this weekend, Virginia Beach (VA) Ocean Lakes receiver may have seen a little more in the University of Florida than he was expecting. A last minute trip after being committed to LSU for quite some time, Hunter wanted to make the best of it and checked out more than just the football program. He came away impressed enough to know he has more questions.

Oddly enough, it was Florida's former receiver coach that visited Justin Hunter earlier this week and convinced his family it was a good deal for him to visit the Gators. Billy Gonzales left the team Thursday and is now the receivers coach at LSU, where Hunter is currently committed. Despite Gonzales going to LSU, Hunter made the trip.

"I just talked to my family and we decided I would take a couple of more visits," Hunter said. "(Florida) kept in touch with me through Coach Gonzales. That was crazy, how that went down."

Hunter had a pretty good time on the trip and rated it a seven out of 10. He liked the people he met and sophomore running back Jeff Demps was his guide for the weekend.

"Jeff Demps was my host," Hunter said. He was funny. He told me what a great place it was and they are real cool."

Of importance was for Hunter to met Florida's current wide receiver coach. Zach Azzanni was hired and in line to replace Gonzales less than 24 hours after the former coach was out the door.

"Coach Azzanni is cool," Hunter said. "He is real laid back and seems real nice. He told me that he coaches Central Michigan and had two of the top receivers in school history in the same year. That was really impressive to me."



Hunter also got to meet with other recruits, including two five-star guys that he felt comfortable around.

"I talked to Chris Dunkley, he was funny," Hunter said of the five-star receiver from Pahokee. "I also talked to Jordan Hicks a defensive end/linebacker. He looks like an outside linebacker. He was funny too."

Hunter made the trip without his parents, but said that would not effect his decision. He said the community in Gainesville is about what he had heard and expected before he visited.

"I went out in Gainesville (Saturday) night, it was fun," he said. "The school was nice, I liked the campus. I thought it was going to be just like it was."

Maybe the thing that really caught his attention was Florida's track program. The fact that Hunter can come here and try and win championships at Florida was a real bonus he wasn't expecting.

"I really liked the track team," Hunter said. "They have a bunch of sophomores coming back and the potential to win the championship next year."

"I am a jumper. I had a 7-2 in the high jump as a junior, a 26-2 in the long jump, and a 49.5 in the triple jump. I am nationally ranked in all of them....two in the top ten and triple jump in the top 20.

"Coach (Mike) Holloway and Coach (Dick) Booth were all over me."

The aggregate group of folks he met in Gainesville had him wondering out loud about his current commitment to LSU.

"I am going to have to think about my decision now," Hunter said. "Florida really impressed me. The track team and the whole team were the things that have me looking."

Hunter arrived home from the two day trip at 2:00 this afternoon. He hasn't taken all five possible officials but said this would be his last recruiting trip.

"This was my last visit and I have now been on all the visits I wanted to take," he said.

Hunter will sign in February and enroll in the school he finally chooses in the summer. In the meantime, he has to prepare for the Under Armour All-American Game, where he will meet with Dunkley yet again and prepare to finish his academics.


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