With the first Junior Day for Maryland now officially in the books, the race is on for some of the most sought after recruits in the region. Junior Days are pivotal parts of a football program's recruiting schedule, as recruits are able to attend based on an invitation basis only. For St. John's DT (DC) Savohn Hunt, Junior Day was a great opportunity to see what Maryland is all about.
"The visit was great. We took a tour around the football facilities," he said. "I was really impressed with all the help that they have for the students. That was probably my favorite part. And of course, we got to put on the jerseys. That was really fun. That gave me a real sense of the Maryland Pride that's going through the program."
Hunt and the Maryland coaching staff have been in communication with each other, dating back to June when the prospect attended a team camp. With Maryland's multi-coach approach to recruiting, Hunt has been in contact with three Terrapin coaches.
"I talk to Coach [Mike] Locksley, Coach [Chad] Wilt and Coach [Keenan] McCardell," he said. "Coach Wilt is the D Line coach, but my lead recruiter is Coach Locksley. I've been talking to the D-Line coach as well, especially on my visit."
With Junior Day visits, the opportunities to connect with other local standouts present themselves. After seeing the school for himself, Hunt is optimistic about the idea of Maryland Pride galvanizing the DMV recruits.
"I think it's a good thing," said Hunt. "Maryland would be a force to be reckoned with in the Big Ten, maybe even the nation. The DMV has a lot of talent that isn't recognized, so if we could all go together to one school, hopefully the hometown school, that'd be great."
With the offseason in full swing, Hunt is taking full advantage of all the opportunities presented to him. The 6'2 290 pound-defensive tackle plans on taking a visit to Happy Valley this weekend for Penn State's Junior Day. Former St. John's teammate Ayron Monroe was a 2015 signee for Penn State, while current teammate Terrell Hall has an offer from the Nittany Lions.
"It'll be fun to get up there and see what they saw in the program," he said. "I'm excited to see other schools that are interested in me and to spread my wings and see what all is out there."
Hunt visited UNC and UCF last season and plans on visiting Ohio State, Cincinnati, Saint Francis (his only currently claimed offer) and Pitt before announcing. Heading into his senior season with St. John's, Hunt is solely focused on his last high school football season and will let his college decision fall into place on its own.
"I'm looking to start trimming down my list at the end of my senior year," he said. "I'll probably look to take my official visits after the season is over. I'd like to just focus on football right now and then I'll focus on where I'm going to be spending my next four years. Other than that, it's all about focusing on football and trying to get ready for next season more so than college right now."