Ask Joe Hunt how much of a priority he is for NC State and he will give you an honest answer.
He doesn't know. He hopes he's a priority but he can't say for sure. There are good signs for Hunt (6-3, 220) if he really wants an offer from the Wolfpack. He has visited the school more than once and has always been made to feel like he's a welcome guest.
Hunt visited for a Junior Day early this year and a little over a week ago he made it back for a spring practice. Both times there were a lot of visitors. Sometimes that creates an impersonal atmosphere but Hunt was impressed by the way the coaches still went out of their way to make everyone feel welcome. Including him.
"The Junior Day had a greater number of kids there but I still had a great time. The second visit last week or so there were maybe 50 kids or 75 kids there. We sat down and watched practice before going into position meetings. I really liked it up there both times. The first time I toured around the campus and the coaches seemed very engaged. During practice you could tell they were awesome coaches. You can tell it's a great program."
Midlothian, Virginia is where Cosby High School is located. That's where Hunt goes to school and plays football. The schools in Virginia know about Hunt but he does not seem to be only interested in staying local. Recently he has been to Vanderbilt and Tennessee-Chattanooga besides State.
Hunt said Vanderbilt was 'awesome' and the tours of the campus and facilities showed him the Nashville school is an amazing place. There were a lot of visiting players at Vanderbilt the day he was there but just as NC State's coaches had made him feel at home the Commodore staff did the same thing. He talked to the outside linebackers coach at Vanderbilt and he seemed very interested and concluded the school is 'amazing.'
Tennessee-Chattanooga offered Hunt while he was visiting their school. The main thing Hunt took away from that visit was how much their coaches wanted him.
"I had a great time there and the coaches seemed very aware of who I was and that I was there."
Versatility makes Hunt a player that a lot of coaches like. It also creates questions about the position he might play in college. Hunt believes NC State probably wants him as either a strong safety or an outside linebacker. That's how some other schools see him in college. Chattanooga believes he could even play defensive end if they made an effort to get him as big as his body would allow. Offense is a possibility too and he would probably be a kind of H-Back if he was on that side of the ball.
For now Hunt will have to patiently wait to find out whether NC State will offer.
"Their corners coach is the recruiting coordinator for my area and he's been inviting me and messaging me. Honestly I don't know the exact amount of interest they have but the coach told me I'm definitely on their radar. They know me. I'm not sure how much interest it is yet though.
"I got to talk to the coaches a fair amount when I've visited. The second time they were practicing and scrimmaging and doing drills. But at times I got to talk to coaches individually. I got to talk to them a good amount."
Hunt played running back last year for Cosby's football team and he also stars on the baseball team at the school.