So what does the 6-5, 215-pound linebacker think of the Panthers?
"I'm real impressed with the coach that's recruiting me," he said. "He's very enthusiastic. Pittsburgh is telling me that they will still be there for me if the big schools don't come through. My coach has been up there and he's been telling me a lot of good things about them.
What makes him stand out?
"I have a lot speed and I play the game fast," he said. "I talk a lot of trash on the field and I tell the offensive linemen that they can't catch me."
As a junior, C.J. Hunnicutt used his 4.65 speed to rack up 22 sacks, 8 tackles for a loss, and three caused fumbles.
Hunnicutt is on track to fully qualify with a core grade point average of 2.4 and an 890 on the SAT test.
The Bradenton Manatee linebacker will take all of his official visits and then decide on the school of his choice on Nation Signing day in February.