At the urging of the coaching staff, five-star safety Devon Hunter was scheduled to return to North Carolina on Tuesday – four days after his most recent visit to the school. Unfortunately, the trip was postponed.
“[Tuesday] was basically to hang around the players and feel more at home,” Hunter said. “They wanted me to feel like I was a player, instead of just visiting the school. They wanted me to stay overnight and see how the players live every day.”
The day of the trip, Hunter’s transportation fell through. The 6-foot-1, 204-pounder from Chesapeake (Va.) Indian River plans to reschedule later this summer.
Hunter did visit Friday. That trip was in support of a pair of 7-on-7 teammates/training partners, Dazz Newsome and Jeremiah Owusu, who were participating in that day’s camp.
Although a spectator, the UNC coaches flocked to Hunter as soon as he arrived on campus. Defensive coordinator Gene Chizik, Larry Fedora, John Papuchis, Tray Scott, and secondary coach Charlton Warren were the coaches that made sure to speak with Hunter.
“Basically, they wanted me to feel more at home,” Hunter said. “They were talking about the lifestyle.
“They speak real highly of me. They said I’m one of the top DBs on their board and they want me bad. They’ll do whatever it takes to get me.
“Especially Chizik, he poured out his heart to me and he was straightforward. So, I know for a fact that if I were to play there, I’ll have a lot of supporters on my back. The coaches there are like family, so they’ll welcome me with open arms.”
During the actual camp, Hunter made certain to evaluate the coaching styles of Chizik and Warren.
“I saw with Coach Warren that he’s a perfectionist,” Hunter said. “What he says, he wants and he wants it the best. I like that about him. He’s going to bring the best player out of me just by technique. That’s what he preaches – technique.
“[It’s the] same with Coach Chizik. They all know a lot of schemes and they know stuff that a lot of coaches really don’t know... They know ways to stop offenses. They’re interesting to sit down and just to listen to.”
In addition to the coaches, Hunter spent a good 10 minutes conversing with UNC pledge Adarius Lemons, who was amid a three-day UNC visit.
“We were basically talking about how it is there [at UNC] and what we had to do to get to this point,” Hunter said. “He really wasn’t recruiting me – he was just listening. But he was throwing some inputs in about what he thought about UNC and why he committed there. I asked him his reason for picking them out of all of his [options].”
Before going their separate ways, Hunter and Lemons exchanged cell phone numbers.
Besides UNC, Hunter has visited Auburn and Florida this summer. By the end of the summer, he hopes to return to Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, and Florida, and make inaugural trips to Michigan, Notre Dame, and Penn State.
Hunter will unveil his top 11 schools on Friday via Twitter. The exact time is yet-to-be-determined.
“It was tough – I’m not going to lie,” Hunter said. “It was tough, because there are a lot of great schools out there. And a lot of them have great programs, great coaching staffs, and great facilities. It’s hard to just pick one or a couple out of all those great schools.
“But basically, I’m sorting out all the ones that I’m at the top of their board and they’re recruiting me highly. And I’ve been there and I’m comfortable playing football there. Basically, it’s the top 11 schools that I’m more comfortable with.”
Spoiler alert: Hunter says UNC will make the cut.
“I can come in and play earlier, so there high on my list,” Hunter said. “They’re on my list, so they have no worries.”