Five-star safety Devon Hunter was scheduled to make an official visit to Notre Dame last weekend but an NCAA Clearinghouse issue forced him to reschedule that trip.
The 6-foot-1, 210-pounder from Chesapeake, Va., locked in Oct. 29 for his first trip to South Bend.
“I ended up changing to the Miami game,” Hunter said. “This is my first one so I’m pretty excited about it.”
Hunter has two other top colleges locked down for official visits. He expects to take all five officials before trimming his list.
“I’m trying to take one to Michigan and I’m trying to take one to Alabama right now,” he said. “I’m taking all five but I know for a fact those three are locked in. I’m still trying to check things out with those schools. Notre Dame, I haven’t been there and Michigan, I haven’t been there. I’m trying to get those two out of the way. I know for a fact I'm trying to get those two out of the way to see how things are there and then I'll be knocking my list down to the final schools I’ll be choosing from.”
Hunter has developed a strong relationship with Scott Booker, his recruiting coach at Notre Dame, and Irish defensive backs coach Todd Lyght. He’s looking forward to meeting defensive coordinator Greg Hudson.
“The last defensive coordinator I talked to was the guy that just got let off,” Hunter said. “I'm looking to meet him. I've been talking to coach Lyght and coach Booker. They're great guys. They said I could come in there and make an impact.”
Despite the Irish’s struggles on defense, Hunter sees a lot to like.
“I’ve seen them play,” he said. “They play a lot of big games. That's one thing I like about the team. They're always on TV and always playing against a great team. The defense, they get after it. I know they need some more bodies at DB and they're not afraid to play young guys. I feel like if I can go there I can make an impact.”
Through seven games, Hunter has nearly 1,000 rushing yards and has been very active on defense.
“Hunter can do it all on the football field,” said Scout Southeast recruiting analyst Michael Clark. “He has great size, speed and overall athleticism. The Indian River standout is great against both run and pass. He also has a very high football IQ and can play in any defensive scheme.”
Clark believes the Irish have a shot to land the five-star prospect, but it won’t be without a fight.
“In my opinion, Virginia Tech and Florida are the clear favorites, followed by North Carolina and Alabama,” Clark said. “With all that said, he's never been to Notre Dame and it's definitely significant that they're getting an official visit.”