Hunter, 6-foot-1, 172-pound defensive back from Charlotte (N.C.) Mallard Creek, chose UNC over scholarship offers from Colorado, Duke, East Carolina, Florida, Marshall, Miami, NC State, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, and West Virginia.
"It's an up and coming program and I really like what Coach [Butch] Davis is doing with the program," Hunter said.
Unsurprisingly, Thigpen was pleased with Hunter's decision.
"He was real excited and wants Hawatha Bell to do the same with me," Hunter said.
Bell, who is cousins and close friends with Hunter, informed Inside Carolina Thursday night that he was still a ways away from making a verbal commitment.
Hunter, though, says he hasn't officially committed, yet.
"I plan on committing to UNC [publicly] real soon," Hunter said. "I'm going to have an announcement where I can have an actual sit-down interview."
Hunter is unofficially visiting Colorado this weekend. He expects to set up a press conference when he returns.
Although he hasn't officially announced his verbal commitment, Hunter says he's very much a Tar Heel.
"I feel like I'm committed right now," Hunter said. "I'm not going to change my mind."
During the weekend of Sept. 26, Hunter made his first official visit thus far of his recruitment in traveling to West Virginia.
Hunter could play any position in the secondary, but says UNC projects him as a cornerback.
Hunter, who has started at cornerback the past two seasons, has helped Mallard Creek to an undefeated season, thus far. Opponents haven't tested Hunter much, but he has still managed two interceptions.