Verbal View: Analyzing the Commitment of Chris Hunt to West Virginia

West Virginia strengthened the secondary in its football Class of 2017 with the verbal commitment of Chris Hunt. The Virginia Beach defensive back brings several notable attributes to the Mountaineer program


Chris Hunt put together a strong junior season at Bayside High School which opened up more recruiting avenues for a player that might have been underrecruited to that point. Hunt was strong against the ball in the air, recording 13 pass breakups and four interceptions in 2015. He's also good as a tackler, racking up 34 as a junior, and prides himself on his physical play.

That extends to his performance against receivers, where he counts jamming his opponent and disrupting routes among his strengths. At six feet, one inch and 180 pounds, he's at the high end in terms of physical stature for cornerbacks, and he takes advantage of those attributes on every snap. He has the quickness and reaction time to cover one-on-one, but also possesses the hitting ability to force runs from the short side of the field.


As is always the case when a recruit doesn't have a ton of Power Five conference offers, questions will accrue from some quarters as to the overall talent level of a recruit. In this case, though, it might be an issue of timing as much as anything. Hunt had offers from East Caroline and Charlotte, but also received interest from Florida State, Duke, North Carolina and Tennessee. It won't be a surprise to see him get offers from at least some of those institutions as his senior season progresses.

Hunt has been a two-way player for much of his career, but has only begun concentrating on cornerback more recently. He still needs some polishing in technique work, and teams might use his natural aggressiveness against him to try to get him to bite on some early routes.


Hunt's aggressiveness stands out on video study. He attacks receivers and ballcarriers, and is also a good blocker on return teams. Even when playing off receivers, he comes up quickly to get into the action, and it's rare when he doesn't get involved in the tackle.

This could well be another instance where West Virginia grabbed a recruit that fits its style with early interest. Hunt, an intense competitor, might have lost a bit of attention after transferring from Bayside High School to Bishop Sullivan, but the Mountaineer staff saw everything it needed to after Hunt had an excellent performance at WVU's 7-on-7 camp this summer.

Hunt will also benefit from playing with a loaded roster at Bishop Sullivan, a private school which has quickly built itself into a regional power. He'll play alongside six other players who have committed to play at Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Florida State, Army and Delaware.

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