Hunter will visit this week

This weekend, LSU commit Danielle Hunter will make his first trip to Tiger Stadium.

LSU remains in the hunt for a number of high-profile defensive linemen, from Noah Spence, the nation's No. 1-ranked defensive end, to Mario Edwards, the nation's No. 2-ranked defensive end.

Where the wheel stops with those names remains to be seen, but defensive line coach Brick Haley has already snagged one national name – Danielle Hunter - who doesn't get a lot of attention.

Last signing day, Haley grabbed five-star prospect Jermauria Rasco – the No. 9-ranked defensive end. It wasn't the first speedy defensive end for Haley, who in his first couple months on the job helped secure Sam Montgomery in 2009.

Now, Hunter, a four-star prospect and the No. 19-ranked defensive end, continues in the line of dominant pass rushers to end up in Baton Rouge.

"It has been fun to watch the LSU defensive line get after it this season, because I feel like those guys are just like me on the field," Hunter said. "Sam and (Barkevious Mingo) are guys I keep an eye on. Mingo plays a lot like me. He's fast and can get after the ball."

Hunter, who said he recently checked in at 6-foot-5, 226 pounds, still hopes to take his quickness to the next level – despite the fact that he's already clocking a 4.6 40-yard dash.

"I feel like I still need to get my speed up a good bit," Hunter said. "I felt like this season teams could have run more to my side because I wasn't completely there yet, but I'm working on it. I want to be the dominant player who shuts offenses down. That's my goal."

Hunter earned his offer at LSU's camp in July and committed on the spot. Since then, other schools have come into the picture, but Hunter has yet to sway from his pledge to wear purple-and-gold.

"Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Arkansas are still trying, but I'm solid to LSU," he said. "I'm pretty excited. That was a good day when I committed, and I won't forget it. My parents and I came to campus and we had a great time, and I felt at home.

"I'm from New York but moved to Katy (Texas) in 2006. It's a good place for football, and I know that's how it will be in Baton Rouge. I really liked it there."

This week Hunter will make his first trip for a game at Tiger Stadium, a visit that the LSU staff has been waiting to get the four-star prospect in on since the summer.

"I talk to (LSU assistant coach Thomas McGaughey) every week," Hunter said. "He always says I need to make it in for a game. I will come in on Friday for the day. It won't be an official. My dad and I are just going to come there and see the game. I'm really excited about finally seeing what it's all about.

"I definitely watch every game on TV. I have been a part of all of it. I felt like I made a good move to commit to LSU."

As for a prediction, Hunter sided with the 11-0 Tigers.

"I think it's going be a great game, and I think that LSU will come out on top," he said. "It will be like a 27-14 finish."

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