4-star DE Derick Hunter: ‘My mind’s already made up basically, but I’m just not going public with it’

Derick Hunter

Four-star defensive end Derick Hunter is one of the top-200 prospects nationally and has more than 40 offers from schools across the country, but there are three programs standing out to him – Florida, Georgia and Miami.

He told GN he already knows where he will sign.

“My mind’s already made up basically, but I’m just not going public with it,” he said. “I want to commit at one of the All-American games. My dad and I are just waiting for an invite from either the U.S. Army or Under Armour All-American game.”

Hunter (6 feet 4, 285 pounds) stars at Fort Myers (Fla.) Dunbar and is one of the top-30 prospects in Florida.

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“Honestly, I feel I’m the best player in the country,” Hunter told GN. “It may not say that on the ranking boards, but that is my mentality. I feel like if you put any offensive lineman in front of me, they’re not going to win. … I just have to have the attitude that I don’t have any stars and that I haven’t done anything. I can’t be like, ‘Well, I got all the scholarships I got and all the rankings I want.’ That’s just the mentality I have to have.”

Hunter was committed to Miami for more than five months before he decommitted on November 16, 2017.

Hunter, who visited Florida last weekend for Junior Day, has a busy travel schedule this spring.

“Georgia, Miami, Tennessee, Alabama and I plan on returning to the University of Florida,” he said.

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As for the three schools that stand out right now?

“I just love how they are recruiting me,” Hunter said of Georgia. “I also have a wonderful relationship with the coaching staff up there. It is one of the best relationships of any school that is recruiting me. It’s pretty nice because they show a lot of loyalty and respect towards me and I show the same back to them.”

As for the other two programs?

“I love the University of Florida, I really do, and I love the University of Miami,” Hunter said. “It’s really hard to pick between those two right now.

“I met Dan Mullen last weekend and I could see that he loves the University of Florida. He makes everybody feel like family and also makes you feel very welcome.”

Whatever program lands Hunter will be getting a prospect who doesn’t lack for confidence.

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“I got that dog mentality and that blue-chip player mentality that you love,” he said. “I think I’m impressive every single play, I’m versatile and I’m a student of the defensive line.

“I’ll play anywhere they put me; I can play pretty much anything. Wherever I fit for their scheme, I’ll play it. I learned growing up that if you’re a football player, you should be able to play everything and not just one position.”

(You can follow Ryan Green on Twitter @RyanGreenGN)

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