Five-star safety Devon Hunter has already taken official visits to North Carolina and Virginia Tech and plans to take three more official visits in January before making a final decision, he told Scout following Monday's East team practice at U.S. Army All-American Bowl week.
The 6-foot-1, 206-pound Hunter, the No. 5 overall prospect in the 2017 Scout 300, said he will officially visit Florida the weekend of Jan. 13, followed by Auburn or Ole Miss the weekend of Jan. 20, and a third and final trip during the weekend of Jan. 27 to Alabama.
What does Hunter want to know about Florida?
"The defensive coordinator. Coach Collins left, and I had a great relationship with him, so I wanna see what they're bringing in," he said. "I already know coach Gray and Coach Mac and all those guys. I have a great relationship with them."
Hunter has already been to Florida on unofficial visits a hand full of times.
As for the weekend of Jan. 20, Hunter said the decision to consider both Auburn and Ole Miss for that weekend revolves around Ole Miss' hiring of Wesley McGriff as defensive coordinator.
"Coach Crime Dog leaving, that was huge to me. He's a defensive coach I would play for, so with him going to Ole Miss, I'm a little interested in them, too, now because he'll be the defensive coordinator," Hunter said. "Auburn, they're still high on my list, too. Coach Malzahn, coach T-Will, all those guys there, I just want to build a better relationship with them because Coach Crime Dog was my main relationship."
Hunter has been to Auburn before, but has never visited Ole Miss.
Tosh Lupoi recruits Hunter for Alabama. Hunter said he's been to Tuscaloosa in the past.
"My relationship with him is great, too, and some of the guys committed there, too," Hunter said. "I love to play with guys who are dogs. I love to play with dogs, and guys who are gonna make you better every day, so I know that's gonna make me a better DB. Competing wouldn't be a problem for me. I just wanna go out there and show them what I can do.
"Coach Saban coaches the DB's, so that's big. That's big, for the best coach in college football history, to me, to go in there and coach you up. That's big for me."
Hunter, who had previously planned to announce his commitment on Christmas Eve before delaying his decision, said he will take his official visits in January before making his pick, but "I'm not gonna wait 'til National Signing Day."
As for the two official visits he already took, Hunter gave high marks to North Carolina and Virginia Tech.
"(Virginia Tech) was great. I know a lot of guys there," said Hunter, who was hosted by Deshawn McClease and Tavante Beckett. "The relationship is big. I've got a great relationship with the coaching staff and all that stuff. Coach Fuente, Coach Bud, Coach Scott, Coach Zohn. So the visit was me having fun with everybody, so that's basically why I went there. I just wanted to take an official there and relax with my boys.
Hunter mentioned that not only has Virginia Tech said that it wants him to play safety and nickel, but he could also play offense "to get the ball in my hands a little."
Hunter said that his visit to North Carolina was similar to Virginia Tech in a lot of ways, especially the relationship he's developed with the coaching staff.
"Got a great relationship with all the coaches there, too. I see it as the same as Virginia Tech, but it's just in a different state," said Hunter, who was hosted by Andre Smith. "I don't know a lot of people there, but that doesn't really matter for me. I just wanna go in there and compete."