Hunt has ASU high on his list

For one season at Corona (Calif.) Centennial Cameron Hunt protected the blind side of quarterback Michael Eubank. Joining his signal caller in Tempe has always intrigued him and following his visit to ASU's Junior Day event his sentiments towards the Sun Devils only grew stronger.

"This was my first time at Arizona State," Hunt said. "I just wanted to get to know the coaching staff and build a relationship with them. I talked to them on the phone a few times, so it was good to meet them face to face. Coach Loring is the coach recruiting me and on the visit I got to meet him as well as the offensive line coach and the head coach.

"I was really impressed with the facilities they had there, they all seem to be new and updated. I really wasn't expecting to see that. The thing that really surprised me was how much importance they put on academics. Their main goal is for you to graduate with a degree and that impressed me."

Hunt's familiarity with Michael Eubank has naturally helped the offensive tackle learn more about the program, especially from a player's perspective.

"Us having a good relationship obviously plays into the recruiting," Hunt admitted. "Having Michael on the team and other guys from Centennial would make it comfortable for me. It would be great to be on the same team and show me how to be successful there on and off the field.

"He told me that the coaching staff is making this team be more disciplined than it was last year and that will help them be more successful. He told me that this is the best thing about the coaching staff. He also really liked the academic support you get there and said that academics come first before athletics."

The 6-5 270-pound Cameron Hunt was offered by Arizona State a couple of weeks ago and he also holds offers from Colorado and Washington State. UCLA, USC and Utah have all been showing interest and Hunt went to the Junior Day events at both L.A. schools. Hunt said that he would like to unofficially visit Tempe in the future.

"I didn't have a chance to watch game film on my visit," Hunt commented, "so I want to visit there again maybe during the spring game so I can do that. It will also be good to talk to Coach Graham and Coach Connelly more."

Nonetheless, the Centennial lineman did get to hear from ASU's coaching staff why he would be a good fit in the Sun Devils' system.

"Coach Connelly said that he liked how I was more of an athletic offensive tackle and not just your typical 300-pound lineman," Hunt explained. "He liked how I could really move and get out there sideline to sideline if I needed to block a fast outside linebacker.

"The game is changing a lot now. You have very athletic outside rushers like Clay Mathews, so the offensive tackles have to be more athletic and not just a big 6-7, 6-8 guy. You really need to block linebackers in space and if those guys are running a 4.5 you need someone that is quick to block them."

The Centennial offensive lineman suffered a groin tear shortly before his junior season began but he managed to play through that injury not missing a game and being voted All-League.

"I had the option to miss six games and let it heal," Hunt recalled, "but there was no way I was going to miss that many games. After the season I didn't even have to have surgery and I just rested for two months. I'm going to start lifting weights here in a few weeks."

Hunt is unsure as to when he wants to commit since his recruiting has only started to gain steam and he does want to keep his options open. He said that academics and their importance in a program will play a big part in his ultimate decision.

"Arizona State is one of my top options before I visited there," Hunt stated. "Now that I have been there I actually like them more than I did before. They are in my top three along with UCLA and Stanford.

"I really like Coach Graham and I think his morals and ethics are great for the program and those are some of the stuff I'm looking for too. Having a coach be a mentor and take you under his wing and make you a better man for society is something I'm looking for in a school."

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