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In-state four-star target Kelvin Hunter announces Top 5

On3 imageby:Wes Mitchell03/11/23

Wes Mitchell

Florence (S.C.) West Florence class of 2024 four-star safety Kelvin Hunter now knows his Top 5 schools and, as expected, South Carolina made the cut.

The 5-foot-11.5, 179-pounder included Appalachian State, Auburn, Michigan, and Virginia Tech along with the Gamecocks in that group.

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Hunter has been a long-time target for South Carolina and is being primarily recruited there by defensive backs coach Torrian Gray.

Hunter is the No. 253 overall prospect and No. 22 safety in the 2024 cycle, according to the On3 Industry Ranking, a weighted average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies. He ranks as the nation’s No. 22 safety and the No. 4 recruit in South Carolina.

On3 rates Hunter higher than other recruiting services, according to the Industry Comparison. Per the 2024 On300, he is a four-star recruit, the No. 190 overall prospect, No. 20 safety and No. 5 player in South Carolina.

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Per the On3 Recruiting Prediction MachineSouth Carolina is the major favorite to land his commitment, leading at 98.0 percent.

Gamecock Central entered a prediction for South Carolina to land Hunter this past week.

The in-state target has been in Columbia multiple times, last visiting in January for a junior day visit that he called “great.”

Hunter has an On3 NIL Valuation of $51K. The On3 NIL Valuation is the industry’s leading index that sets high school and college athletes’ projected annual value (PAV). The NIL valuation does not act as a tracker of the value of NIL deals an athlete has completed to date. It rather signifies an athlete’s value at a certain moment in time.

On3 national recruiting writer Keegan Pope contributed to this article.

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