CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Clemson defensive coordinator Brent Venables and defensive backs coach Mike Reed continue to team-up in the pursuit of five-star safety Devon Hunter.
“They hit me up every day,” Hunter told TheClemsonInsider, before The Opening at Mallard Creek High School on Sunday.
“Coach Venables hits me up every day, literally, so I’m just building a better relationship with both of them. Hopefully, we can take it further.”
Hunter was one of six campers to score an invite to The Opening finals in Oregon. Considering the schools that remain under consideration, it’s no wonder Hunter was selected for the camp in July.
The Chesapeake-Indian River (Va.) standout shared some details on his pecking order, but didn’t go too in-depth.
“Not really any leaders, but there are some standouts,” he said. “Florida, Clemson, UNC, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Georgia, Alabama and Auburn.”
Clemson hosted Hunter in January for Junior Day. He’ll return at some point — it’s not a matter of if, but when.
“I haven’t set any (plans). I have to talk with my mom and trainers about that, but I’ll be back down there soon,” he said. “That’s one of my favorite visits I’ve been on all year, so I’m going to go back down there.”
What was so good about that first trip?
“Basically, the environment and people, for real, and the coaching staff,” Hunter said. “Everything about them was unique and hype. You were wanted around there. The coaches had a lot of energy. They were happy to see you.
“The people there, they were all unique and they were unique as a team. That stood out to me a lot. It’s a big family there.”