GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Devon Hunter planned to make his commitment on Christmas Eve, presumably to Virginia Tech.
But the nation’s No. 4 safety delayed that announcement in early December so he could look harder at his other finalists.
“I got this list in my house where I actually have pro and cons for schools,” said Hunter, a 4-star safety from Chesapeake, Va. “It’s kind of even right now. That’s why I pushed my decision back. I still need to check out things with other schools.”
Hunter has a top 5 of Auburn, Alabama, Florida, North Carolina and Virginia Tech. He has already officially visited UNC and Virginia Tech, and admits the in-state Hokies currently have the edge.
“I would say Virginia Tech has two more pros than everyone else, but that’s only because it’s local and I know a lot of people there,” Hunter said. “But wherever I go, I’m going to be comfortable. Leaving home isn’t really a big deal. My family would still come and see me.”
The Gators have been targeting Hunter for the past year and he visited UF in the spring and summer. He communicates regularly with coach Jim McElwain and secondary coach Torrian Gray, his primary recruiter.
“Florida is DBU,” Gray said. “I got a great relationship with coach Gray and coach Mac. They text me all the time and speak highly of me. I can see myself there because they play a lot of young guys. I see Chauncey (Gardner) on the field making plays and doing his thing out there. They say it’s a great opportunity for me to come in there and start. That’s what I love about the school.”
Hunter is scheduled to visit Florida (Jan. 13), Auburn (Jan. 20) and Alabama (Jan. 27). He plans to reach a decision shortly before National Signing Day on Feb. 1.
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With ACC and SEC schools in the mix, Hunter said he doesn’t prefer one conference over the other.
“I’m just looking for the best school,” Hunter said. “I’ve seen a lot of players I know go in the first round from small schools or different conferences, so it really doesn’t matter to me. As long as I’m on the field and I’m playing.”
UF makes the cut for uncommitted lineman
Caleb Chandler has narrowed his list of offers to three finalists.
The 3-star offensive tackle from Jefferson, Ga., will officially visit Louisville (Jan. 13), Oklahoma State (Jan. 20) and Florida (Jan. 27) before making his commitment on Jan. 30.
UF is also scheduled to host Michigan OT commit Kai-Leon Herbert (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) on that final weekend before signing day.
The Gators are tying to land at least one more lineman in addition to 4-star commits T.J. Moore (Charlotte, N.C.) and Kadeem Telfort (Miami), who is one of six mid-year enrollees for Florida.
McElwain officially welcomed Telfort to the program Monday after he cleared admissions.
— Jim McElwain (@CoachMcElwain) January 9, 2017