Current UNC safety Dominquie Green will graduate at the end of the 2016 season, leaving the Tar Heels with an open role heading into 2017. You can say that about a few positions for next year, but outside of Donnie Miles, there isn’t anyone definitively ready to step up here. This is why Devon Hunter is such a big upcoming commitment for the team, because he offers a long-term solution in the secondary.
The 2017 safety is scheduled to take his official visit to Chapel Hill next weekend after several unofficials over the summer. North Carolina previously made Hunter’s top 12 with Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Maryland, Michigan, Notre Dame, Penn State, Tennessee, and Virginia Tech. They now are among his top 5, alongside Alabama, Auburn, Florida, and Virginia Tech. He will be making a final decision by Christmas.
Hunter is considered a four-star talent, ranking 43rd overall in his class. He is also the fourth-best safety and the second-best player from the state of Virginia. The six-foot-one, 205-pounder is being recruited by three different coaches, including Gene Chizik, Charlton Warren, and Larry Porter, proving just how important Hunter is to next year’s class of Tar Heels.
Right now the Hokies are projected as the favorites to land the Chesapeake, Virginia native. If Hunter chooses North Carolina, however, he will be joined in next year’s class by three-star safety Caleb Rozar.