UGA recruiting: Major DL target Derick Hunter no longer has leader

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Four-star defensive tackle Derick "Rambo" Hunter told DawgNation on Tuesday that he no longer has a current leader.

Want to attack every day with the latest Georgia football recruiting info? That’s what the Intel will bring at least five days a week. The play sheet today calls for another chance to chat with 4-star defensive lineman target Derick Hunter. That’s the one that his Dunbar High teammates in South Florida call “Rambo.”

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Derick Hunter said that Georgia was his leader after G-Day.

He clearly enjoyed it. He said he still relishes in the memories of that day.

Derick Hunter is an active force at his practices. He’s constantly working and urging his teammates on. It was unique to listen to him describe his friendship with the Dunbar kicker. (Jeff Sentell/ DawgNation)

But Hunter also said on Tuesday he no longer has a top school. It is complicated. Don’t expect him to name another school as his leader for the short term.

But it is not as complicated as everyone makes it out to be.

The easy thing to do would be to say that Hunter suffers from “visit love” — everywhere he goes, he loves. The recipient of the most recent visit would be his new leader because he’s just a very impressionable young man.

When asked about that, Hunter will note that it is just a courtesy to the school he just visited.

Consider this for a second: How would it look for any teenager to visit the house of friend X and then compare it to another friend’s house?

Is it respectable to bring up all the things they like about friend X’s house more? That’s the way Hunter looks at that.

“That is just real Southern hospitality to me,” Hunter said. “Being thankful. You wouldn’t want anybody to come to your house and disrespect you by talking about how great that another house was down the road immediately afterward.

“I don’t burn no bridges with anybody. If anyone gives me the offer to come play for their team, then I am going to thank you for that. That’s an opportunity for me to get out of some tough situations I have going on in my life. I am going to show my appreciation for that offer and that visit by making sure that I say nice things about that school after a good visit.”

He was committed to Miami for a time. Hunter has also said flowery things about Florida and Georgia this year. He said that about UGA before he took that first visit on G-Day, too.

The individuals I met on Wednesday around his school say that’s just the down-to-earth and polite kid that Hunter actually is.  He’s a pleaser.

“People may think that I love every school that I go visit,” Hunter said. “They can think that, but that is just my way of giving back and showing my appreciation. But then everyone then thinks that I have a new school I love and a new favorite school. It is not really like that.”

He may look all mean and nasty on those highlight clips, but the reality there is he’s a pretty good kid of the inside. I had that confirmed and relayed to me over and over about Hunter on Wednesday.

Dunbar (Fla.) 4-star Derick Hunter ranks as the nation’s No. 13 strongside defensive end prospect on the 247Sports composite rankings for 2019. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

The young man they call “Rambo” actually cares about what others have to say about him. He wants to always leave a very good impression in the minds of others.

“He’s just a kid that doesn’t want to let anyone down,” a member of the Dunbar High coaching staff said.

And that’s that. We’ll table the amateur psychology discussion with Hunter right there.

The visit to Dunbar High in Fort Myers allowed me the ability to see Hunter the same way that those who’ve watched him mature a great deal over the last year do.

A few more interesting things about Derrick Hunter 

We’ve reported that Hunter was right at the 6-foot-6 mark before on DawgNation. But I no longer think he’s that tall.

He looked a bit more than 6-4 on Wednesday. His weight will also bob between 279 and 285 pounds. The Dunbar coaches plan to use Hunter at defensive end this year.

He was at defensive tackle last fall. Rambo still picked up 10 sacks. Hunter told me he was gunning for a 20-plus sack season this fall.

Derick Hunter plans to return to UGA for an extended visit this summer. (Jeff Sentell/DawgNation)

Dunbar will also line Hunter up at tackle on offense this year. He’s just that valuable to his team on that side of the ball, too.

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