Twenty days until his decision date, Devon Hunter spent the weekend at North Carolina. The five-star safety was enjoying his first official visit.
“[UNC’s chances] are still high – they’ve always been high on my list,” Hunter said. “It just basically showed me more about Carolina. I learned about the school a lot more.”
Hunter, a 6-foot-1, 204-pounder from Chesapeake (Va.) Indian River, has visited UNC a handful of times previously.
“[The official visit] was good,” Hunter said. “I got to see what life was like from a player's perspective. So, it was nice."
Hunter will announce his commitment via a video presentation on Christmas Eve. He may also arrange something with a local TV news station.
Although he hasn’t ruled out potential in-week official visits, the only recruiting milestone that stands between Hunter and his decision date is an official visit to Virginia Tech (the Dead Period commences following the visit). That means only UNC and VT would receive official trips before he decides. Regardless, Hunter says all five of his finalists (Alabama, Auburn, Florida, plus UNC and Virginia Tech) remain in play.
“My top five is still equal to each other,” Hunter said. “Basically, I’m looking to see whatever fits me the best for all my goals athletically and academically. Whatever fits me as a player and a person, I’ll pick that school.”
In-state Virginia Tech is perceived to hold a lead for Hunter. He says that’s not the case.
“I’m not really getting close to [a decision],” Hunter said. “But, I’m getting an idea about each school and what separates them.”
With the Tar Heels' regular season complete and the basketball team not playing until Sunday afternoon, the focal point of Hunter’s UNC official visit was a football practice. While that might lack the excitement of an actual game, Hunter found it quite informative.
“I got to see what type of coaches they are and how they prepare their players and how they interact with each other,” Hunter said. “I liked it.”
Before heading home Sunday morning, Hunter had the customary meeting with Larry Fedora.
“Basically, he said he sees me playing both sides of the ball,” Hunter said. “He likes what he saw from me with the ball in my hands [in high school]. But, he also wants to let me do my thing on defense, too.”
Throughout the weekend, Hunter spent a great deal of time with UNC players. Freshman safety Myles Wolfolk and starting middle linebacker Andre Smith split hosting duties, while Myles Dorn also tagged along.
“I just wanted to see the school from a player’s perspective; other than what the coaches were telling me,” Hunter said. “It was good. They had a lot of positive things to say. They just kept it ‘100’ with me. They told me what they think of the coaches and why they picked UNC.”