Devon Hunter to Virginia Tech: Hokies Land 5-Star Safety Prospect

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistJanuary 21, 2017

Credit: Scout

Devon Hunter has long been one of the most coveted high school football prospects in the country, and the Virginia Tech Hokies can rejoice after the 5-star safety made his commitment official Friday. 

The Daily Press' Norm Wood relayed news of Hunter's decision. 

According to Scout, Hunter is the seventh-ranked player overall in the class of 2017. He's also the No. 1 player in the state of Virginia and the top-ranked safety among all 2017 prospects. 

Hunter fielded offers from the likes of Clemson, Florida, Alabama, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame, Michigan, Miami, Ohio State on a list that included more than 30 schools. 

Of course, it shouldn't come as a surprise that he received so many offers based on the way he flexed his muscles.

Listed at 6'1" and 206 pounds, Hunter put his college-ready frame to use at Indian River High School in Chesapeake, Virginia, while playing on both sides of the ball for stretches. According to Wood, Hunter posted 86 tackles, 1,223 rushing yards and 24 rushing touchdowns as a senior. 

However, his future appears to be at safety. 

And now that he's staying in his home state to play college ball, the Hokies can mull over how they'll deploy Hunter in the years ahead.

Hunter has the speed necessary to operate as a hard-closing and -hitting center fielder, but his instincts in coverage could make him a versatile presence who shifts down and covers more physical receivers from time to time. 

Based on the way he flourished in high school, there's no reason to believe Hunter won't be a legitimate difference-maker when he suits up for head coach Justin Fuente.

With the size, speed and strength to become a force of nature, Hunter should have no problem wreaking havoc in college. 

               

Recruit information courtesy of Scout.  

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