UI casts recruiting eye on Golden State ATH

MUCH OF WHAT makes a good safety is found between the ears -- the ability to quickly and properly read and react. Often the last line of defense, sure tackling is a must, plus the physical presence to make tackles in the box and on the blitz. Idaho's recruiting orbit includes one such athlete out of California. But the Vandals also like his athleticism, so much so his future could be on offense.

Andre Hunt (5-11, 170, 4.59) out of Moreno Valley, Calif., about 45 minutes equidistant to Palm Springs and Anaheim, and the Vandals have stayed in touch via the phone line, he said, with UI defensive coordinator Mark Criner running the recruiting point.

"I'm looking stronger at Idaho," said Hunt. "I'm going on the internet and looking at the program they have up there. And I'm looking at the football team and the academic program they have."

Idaho has not extended a scholarship offer to Hunt at this stage, and is recruiting him as an athlete with an eye towards safety and running back.

"Idaho and Nevada said they like me on both sides of the ball, at safety and then on offense at running back," said Hunt, who said he does not hold a preference. "I play linebacker and running back at Moreno Valley."

IN ADDITION TO Idaho, Hunt has been hearing from Nevada, Washington State, UCLA and Nebraska the most in the first half of the recruiting season.

"Washington State is a school I would look forward to going to also," said Hunt. "I've always liked their football team and how they've run things. And I've talked to them a couple times too. UCLA (called) but I missed them."

Meanwhile, Nevada could be on the cusp of offering Hunt a scholarship.

"Nevada told me I had a pretty good chance of getting one but it wasn't for sure. Schools have told me they like my speed, my reaction to the ball, how physically I play and how long my arms are," said Hunt.

Hunt racked up appx. 110 tackles his junior campaign at the linebacker spot for Moreno Valley, earning first team all-league honors on defense.

Andre Hunt profile

Some of the other prep defensive back prospects out of the Golden State garnering attention from the silver and gold this recruiting cycle include:

Nick Reyes, (6-2, 188), Colton, Calif., Colton High
D.J. Stephens, (5-11, 160), Grenada Hills, Calif., Kennedy High
Royce Lewis, (6-1, 210), Harbor City, Calif., Nathaniel Narbonne High

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