Four-star safety Devon Hunter announced late Friday he will be staying within the state of Virginia for his collegiate career. The Chesapeake, Va. native committed to Virginia Tech in the gymnasium of Indian River High School during halftime of a basketball game.
Hunter stands 6-foot-1 and 206 pounds. He was clocked with 4.42 40-yard dash and 3.95 shuttle. The U.S. Army All-American chose the Hokies over offers from Alabama, Auburn, North Carolina, Ole Miss, and Florida. He is the third-ranked safety in 2017 recruiting class, per 247Sports Composite.
His relationship with the Hokies program had been going on five years, as he received a verbal offer from former Hokies’ coach Frank Beamer, while Hunter was still in middle school. The program regarded him as their main priority even after Beamer retired and Justin Fuente succeeded him. As part of their recruitment, Virginia Tech went as far as letting Hunter model the jerseys for the Battle at Bristol during their unveiling.
“The Hokies showed me their top interest,” Hunter told Rivals.com. “They supported me through this whole process. I enjoyed the campus, the coaching staff, the players, and everything at the school. I really enjoyed being around everybody and meeting all the new people. I feel like I’m really comfortable at the school.”
Hunter’s close relationships with current Hokies players such as Bucky Hodges, Isaiah Ford, and Cam Phillips helped him choose the Hokies. He also noted former Hokies stars and current NFL players Kam Chancellor, who was in attendance during Hunter’s announcement. and DeAngelo Hall helped him understand why they chose Virginia tech.
In Bud Foster’s defense, Hunter is expected to compete immediately for safety or rover. He has blazing speed and is a superb tackler. Expectations are high for Hunter to add to the growing legend of great defensive backs from Virginia Tech, such as Chancellor, Hall, and the Fullers.