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Virginia safety Devon Hunter salutes father with Army All-American Bowl selection

Devon Hunter accepts his honorary jersey to the Army All-American Bowl (Photo: Army All-American Bowl)

Devon Hunter accepts his honorary jersey to the Army All-American Bowl (Photo: Army All-American Bowl)

Safety Devon Hunter has watched the U.S. Army All-American Bowl and seen his friends play in the annual showcase.

Now he gets to play in the game and salute his father, who served in the Army and sat next to him on the podium Thursday when the Selection Tour presented by American Family Insurance came to high school, Indian River in Chesapeake, Va.

He was honored in front of his family, teammates and classmates.

“It was very emotional for me,” Hunter  told 247Sports.com of the ceremony. “This meant a lot to him, too.”

The Army Bowl is Jan. 7 in San Antonio.

Devon Hunter presents his Dream Champion award to Brian Hunter (Photo: U.S. Army All-American Bowl)

Devon Hunter presents his Dream Champion award to Brian Hunter (Photo: U.S. Army All-American Bowl)

Hunter is ranked as the No. 4 safety overall and No. 1 player in the state of Virginia by 247Sports. He has 34 reported offers and is being heavily pursued by Virginia Tech. He also took an unofficial visit to Auburn last weekend.

Hunter particularly excited the Hokies fan base when an image of him was used to unveil the team’s uniforms for the Battle at Bristol against Tennessee early this season. The social media reaction was huge.

“I said that’s what you’re wearing at Bristol, let me take a pic,” Hunter told 247. “They said you can take a pic with it on and present it to the world on Twitter. To put me in that position, I gave my thumbs up to Virginia Tech and I loved them for that.”

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