Lufkin's Hunt at a Crossroads

Once a recruit has given a verbal commitment, programs don't like for them to take more official visits. That was the case with Iowa State in its recruitment of Lufkin (Texas) defensive lineman Rashad Hunt. But complications have arisen since Hunt gave his verbal commitment on New Year's Eve.

Hunt says a lot has changed since that day – a recent official visit to Texas Tech and scheduled trip to Baylor this weekend – but that he remains committed to the Cyclones. But there is plenty of reasons for concern from ISU's behalf.

"I am still committed to Iowa State," said Rashad Hunt. "There was a little situation up there that I didn't like before I left, and it caused me to look at Texas Tech more seriously. Texas Tech did their best and in the end it might be enough. I'm thinking it's going to come down to Iowa State and Texas Tech."

Hunt was asked about that situation, and says it had to do with him closing down his recruitment completely after giving ISU his word.

"They told me before I left that they didn't really want me going to visit anywhere else, and that I was done taking visits," Hunt added. "I told them I was still going to take visits, and they said they were going to have to recruit with my scholarship."

ISU's doing so is common practice for many programs that have secured commitments from a recruit, but that isn't what Hunt wanted to hear. So in came Texas Tech and now Baylor.

"I really enjoyed my visit and had a good time," Hunt said of his stop in Lubbock last weekend. "I really liked the campus and it was real nice. I liked the coaches; they were real friendly.

"They just gave me the real deal and told me what they had in mind for me playing. I wanted every chance in the world to play early and they wanted me to play early. They said that I'd have to get up there early in the summer and come September I'd probably be playing."

Hunt says it could be another week before he makes his ‘final' decision.

"Hopefully I'll decide for sure sometime next week,," he said. "(Texas Tech) Coach Leach is coming over to the house next week, and I think Coach McCarney is also coming over to the house. Probably by the end of the week I'll be able to decide."

The real question is this: Will Iowa State fill up on scholarships before that time?


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