Rising Bradenton (Fla.) Manatee linebacker/defensive end C.J. Hunnicutt returned from his first official visit this weekend giving high marks to Auburn.
“I had a great time there,” he said. “It was pretty intense to be there for the Iron Bowl. I've been to some other games down here at Florida and Miami, but none of them were that intense. It was a great game, and the fans were just crazy. That’s all they talk about – football.
“My host was Stanley McClover. He’s from down here in Florida, so we got to talk about what it’s like to go to school there. I enjoyed hanging out with him and the other people. It’s a laid-back atmosphere, kind of a small college town where it’s just about school and football.”
Hunnicutt (6-2, 215, 4.65) is coming off a senior season which saw him record 75 tackles and 18 sacks. His performance has drawn scholarship offers not only from Auburn, but also Ohio State, West Virginia, South Florida, Iowa State and East Carolina.
He has three other visits scheduled: Dec. 5 at West Virginia, Jan. 16 at South Florida and Jan. 23 at Ohio State.
“I don’t have a leader right now,” he said. “They’re all about the same to me until I get to see all of them.”
Will there be a fifth visit?
“Probably,” he said. “I’m not sure where it will be, though. I’m kind of holding that one, waiting to see what will happen.”
Academically, Hunnicutt maintains a 3.1 GPA and has scored a 960 on the SAT, projecting as a full-qualifier.