As a safety last season, Devon Hunter finished the year with 71 tackles, five pass breakups, three forced fumbles and an interception. At wide receiver, Hunter hauled in 57 receptions for 701 yards and two touchdowns. In the backfield, the four-star all-everything prospect rushed for 313 yards and eight scores on just 29 carries. He can even sling the ball around at quarterback if need be.
It’s probably easier to list the positions Hunter doesn’t play. The Chesapeake, Virginia, native’s versatility and athleticism vaulted his stock to astronomical levels in recent months, as evidenced by his 29 scholarship offers and counting.
Hunter was also one of the standout performers at The Charlotte Opening May 9, where he showcased his 4.43 40-yard-dash speed and soft hands to the crowd of scouts and analysts on hand.
The 6-2, 206-pound athlete didn’t have much left to prove. But for those who haven’t seen the circus following his recruitment, the steady stream of reporters who stopped him throughout the day was tangible proof.
“It’s been real fun,” Hunter said of his recruitment process. “I’ve been to a couple of visits, got to see a couple of teams that I liked a lot. It was fun.”
With recent visists to Georgia, Virginia, Alabama, N.C. State, and Maryland in the books, Hunter has turned his attention to the rest of the schools on his seemingly endless offer list. Tennessee is one of those programs, and the consistent communication between Hunter and the Vols’ staff has resulted in an unofficial visit.
“It was great getting an offer from them,” Hunter said. “They’re a big-time school. Their alumni there are great. I’ll be visiting them this summer.”
Tennessee is recruiting Hunter primarily as a wide receiver, so wide outs coach Zach Azzanni has taken the lead in the process for the Vols. But defensive backs coach Willie Martinez also talks with the class of 2017 star, and neither has told Hunter if they want him exclusively at one position if he were to commit. Azzanni has visited Hunter personally at Indian River High School and isn’t shy about his desire to snag one Virginia’s best upcoming players.
“I have a great relationship with him,” he said. "He just said you’re going to have to come down there. I feel that bond. It’s been great.”
Hunter, who confessed he wasn’t much aware of Tennessee’s rich history on the gridiron before his offer, has taken the time to learn about one of college football’s most storied programs.
“I didn’t know too much. I did a little bit of research on them,” Hunter said. “I talked to the coaches and they told me some of the things that happened around there. I’m just gaining more information every day.”
Without a plan to make a decision until his senior season, Hunter is weighing all options right now and mulling over every opportunity coming his way.
“(I’m looking for) just a place that feels like home to me, that I know for a fact that I can play there and just feel the bond with all the coaches that can take me to the next level,” he said. “That’s pretty much it.”
While he searches for his next home away from home, the four-star athlete hasn’t ruled out any school and is as wide open in his recruitment as he usually is when he lines up at wide receiver.
“All the offers I got, I appreciate all of them,” Hunter said. “I’m going to visit all the ones I can with my family.”