Indiana picked up their ninth commit today with the announcement from Georgia defensive back LaDamion Hunt that he has committed to the IU program. Peegs.com spoke with the 6-foot-1, 183-pound cornerback about his decision and why he decided that Indiana is the right place for him.
The three-star prospect announced his commitment with this post from his Twitter page:
The talented prospect chose Indiana over offers from Minnesota, Purdue, Kentucky, Louisville, West Virginia, Colorado State, Memphis, Middle Tennessee State, Southern Miss, Troy, Tulane, Western Kentucky, Western Michigan, Appalachian State, Charlotte, Georgia Southern, Georgia State, Samford and West Georgia, He said that after a conversation with Indiana cornerbacks coach Brandon Shelby yesterday he decided that he didn't need to wait any longer to make his college decision.
"Yesterday I talked to Coach Shelby and after that I was really leaning towards Indiana," Hunt said. "So I woke up this morning and just decided to make my decision because I honestly feel like Coach Shelby is that person who will push me to my limit and make me a better DB and a better person."
When Hunt called the IU coaching staff today and told them he was ready to commit they were pretty pumped that he was joining the program.
"I called Coach (Kevin) Wilson first and he was very excited that I was coming aboard," Hunt said. "I could tell there was a lot of excitement in the room and it was a good feeling."
Hunt was able to work with Coach Shelby this summer at a satellite camp at West Georgia University that members of the Indiana coaching staff attended.
"I got to work with Coach Shelby at the West Georgia camp and he coached me through some drills," Hunt said about the Indiana cornerbacks coach. "He was very vocal and I could tell he really knew what he was talking about. I just liked his vibe as a coach, and I could tell that he is a great man."
After getting to watch Hunt perform in front of them the IU coaches saw a player that could do big things for them as a corner.
"They like that I am a real physical player with pretty good speed," he said. "They believe that I can be an impact corner for them."
The athletic defensive back did not start playing corner until this spring after playing primarily at safety the first few years of his high school career.
"The move to corner was something my coaches asked me to do, but it was also something that I wanted to do," Hunt said. "This spring was when I made the move to corner and I felt like it was a pretty smooth transition. I learned a lot about playing the position."
Hunt said that having the recruiting process over with is a big relief because it allows him to focus on his senior season and doing what he can to help his team win a state title.
"It's great because me and my team are trying to get back on the grind so that we can have a great season," he said. "It is nice to have this off my mind so that I can put all my focus on my senior season."
The Georgia native said that today is not only big for him, but also for his family because he is getting an opportunity that few others in his family have gotten.
"It's big because not a lot of folks in my family got this opportunity," Hunt said. "In fact, I don't think very many got this opportunity so it is a big day for me because it means so much to have this type of offer to play college football. It is just a great day."