With a offer list in the double digits, Katy Morton Ranch (TX) defensive end Danielle Hunter is starting to narrow things down. While it won't be until likely "December to January" when he decides, the soon to be senior has now cut his list.
"Right now I'm down to Arkansas, Illinois, LSU, Michigan State, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and TCU, it's a top eight in no particular order," said Hunter, who is 6-foot-4, 220 pounds. "I haven't visited anywhere yet. I'm planning on visiting two to three of them and the last five will be for official visits. I'm planning on visiting Oklahoma and LSU since they are so close soon."
Hunter, who is currently rated the No. 41 DE in the country, registered nearly 70 tackles and seven sacks last year for the Mavericks. Katy Morton Ranch struggled to a 1-9 record, but should see improvements after playing 10 sophomores last year.
"We are young again, but we should and expect to be good," said Hunter. Mavericks head coach Dave Meadows agrees.
"There was a lot of learning and we feel they are more battle tested now. We have had a good spring and we feel like we will be pretty competitive," Meadows told Scout in early May. "He's (Danielle) a whole better than last year because he is bigger, stronger and has a year under his belt. He made about half of our tackles last year It didn't matter where he was on the field because he played all over. He's about 220 now and he is the kind of guy who is in a class by himself."
So with no prior visit to Lincoln, what is keeping Nebraska in the 2012 recruit's top eight?
"I really like that they are in the Big Ten and I have gotten to know my recruiting coach pretty well," said Hunter. "Coach Fisher is my recruiting coach and we have established a pretty good relationship."
With Hunter recently narrowing down his list, the phone has not been ringing as often, but the Texas product admits he's still getting plenty of calls from reporters. Even so, the defensive end says "it's not that stressful."
Stay with Big Red Report and Fox Sports as we continue to monitor Hunter's recruitment.