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Virginia Tech target Devon Hunter moves back decision date

Virginia Tech’s top target, safety Devon Hunter, originally planned to announce his college intentions on Christmas Eve, but now has moved that announcement into the new year.

Indian River (Va.) safety Devon Hunter
Keith Niebuhr, 247Sports

Devon Hunter, Virginia Tech’s top remaining target for the class of 2017, announced on Tuesday he was pushing his decision back into January. Originally, Hunter had planned on announcing his college intentions on Christmas Eve.

The 4-star safety from Indian River High School in Chesapeake, is a must-get for the Hokies in this recruiting cycle.

A talented two-way player in high school, Hunter will likely play defensive back at the next level. He has long been considered a Virginia Tech lean, but some of the nation’s top programs continue to push Hunter, including Alabama, Auburn and Florida. Florida, of course, has former VT defensive backs coach Torrian Gray in pursuit of Hunter.

The announcement likely has Virginia Tech fans in a state of panic. The recruiting misses of Josh Sweat, Derrick Nnadi and Da’Shawn Hand, just to name a few, in recent years have led Hokie faithful to expect the worst.

However, there are many reasons to be optimistic in the case of Hunter. All along, sources close to Hunter—and Hunter himself—have maintained the Hokies are the team to beat. Sure, that can change in an instant, but with the Hokies recent string of momentum it is OK for to feel good about Hunter. And, remember before the season began when the Hokies chose Hunter to unveil the special uniforms for the “Battle at Bristol?” That stuff means a lot to recruits.

So, Hokie fans, relax.