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Coach: “Devon’s commitment is huge for Virginia Tech”

CHESAPEAKE, Va. -- Five-star safety Devon Hunter committed to Virginia Tech last night and Scout spoke with Indian River head coach Glen Ferebee about his former star player.

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Last night, Devon Hunter became the highest ranked high school prospect to ever commit to Virginia Tech.

Indian River head coach Glen Ferebee emphasized the importance of Hunter;'s commitment to the Hokies.

"It's huge for Virginia Tech," Ferebee said. "He's the biggest recruit they've gotten in a long time. He's going to do great things there.

"Over the years, a lot of kids from this area have gone to other schools. With the new coaching staff, I think this is going to turn the tables for them."

Running back coach Zohn Burden did a tremendous job recruiting Hunter for the Hokies.

"Zohn was consistent and always honest," Ferebee said. "He worked very hard and his relationship with Devon has continued to grow. He was the same coach the entire time and his message never changed."

What makes Hunter so good?

"Obviously, his size and his speed -- you can coach those things," Ferebee said. "Also, his drive to be great. Devon has this internal drive that not a lot of kids possess and I think that's what's going to carry him over the top. I think he'll go down as one of the greats to ever play at Virginia Tech.

"He has the best work ethic of any kid I've ever coached and is going to be successful in whatever he does. I haven't seen anyone like Devon. He's set the bar high. I've never seen a kid get out of football practice and go work out. But Devon does that all the time and then goes home and gets his school work done. It just shows the type of kid he is and the type of person Virginia Tech is getting."

Despite everything he has achieved, Hunter remains humble.

"Devon cares more about his community and Indian River then he does about himself," Ferebee said. "No matter what he's accomplished, he always gives credit to his family, school, coaches and teammates. It's never been about him and I don't think anything will change when he gets to college."

Hunter, the No. 7 prospect in the 2017 class, will head to Blacksburg in June to begin his college career.

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