Hunt exploring all options

One of the most sought after recruits in the state of California is Dashon Hunt. Hunt, a standout cornerback from Westlake Village (Calif.) initially committed to UCLA, but has since backed off that commitment. It seems that there is a door for the Bruins to get back in, but it's going to come down to catching up with Hunt's current top five.

Dashon Hunt is enjoying some time off. The four-star recruit and the No. 19 cornerback in the nation from Westlake Village (Calif.) has until the first Monday off in August with the rest of his team and then their fall camp begins.

"We are on a dead period right now and come back on August 3rd," Hunt said. "We had been working out all summer and have just been off the last week and a half or so.

"We have been working out for a long time, basically since spring ball, and we had three weeks off for the dead period. When we come back we are back into two-a-days."

Hunt says that reaching his goals for his senior year will depend on how his team plays. If Westlake makes it to the state championship game and wins then all of his goals will have been fulfilled.

"Right now all I am trying to do is take my team to another championship game and hopefully another win. To get to that game and win that game will fulfill all of the goals I have for myself personally."

This summer Hunt has been working on various things before his senior year. It started with his speed and a lot of that comes with breaking on the ball and exploding out of the cut. Hunt says that he has also been working a lot on his man to man coverage.

"I wanted to work on my speed so I was doing a lot of speed training. I also wanted to improve my footwork when it comes to change of direction. I have also been working on my man coverage a lot."

Hunt initially committed to UCLA, but has decided to open things back up and look at all of his options. His decision will not be all about football. In fact, he says that the school he chooses will need to have a strong academic background for him to consider.

"The school that I choose will have to have great academics. I am going to college not only for football, but to get an education. Second are the coaches. I am looking for a family and for a group that is tight. Last, I am looking at the community and the environment at the school."

The recruiting process is something that Hunt is definitely slowing down now and taking all in. He says that there is currently a top five and UCLA is on the outside looking in. Hunt says that the Bruins aren't completely out of the picture though.

"Right now it's all about taking it day by day. The schools that are recruiting me the hardest would be California, Washington, Oregon State, Nebraska and Arizona. If UCLA started recruiting me as hard as the last coaching staff I might possibly reconsider them. As it stands right now, I am not too sure that will happen again."

Nebraska is a little different than the other schools currently on Hunt's top five. The Huskers are further away and in a different conference, but both of those things really don't matter to Hunt. In fact, he has what he considers to be somewhat of a second family in Nebraska.

"A lot of people have been asking me about location and it's not a big concern for me. I will go anywhere to go to school. I have seen a lot of California kids go to Nebraska and they have told me how great it is there and it's nice. They love the people there and it's all about football.

"I have a best friend that is from Nebraska and he tells me all sorts of things about Nebraska and he gets pictures sent to him that he shows to me of Nebraska. He has told me about the fans there and how dedicated they are out there. I won't get homesick. His family is a second family for me out there."

Hunt hasn't set up any official visits yet, but he says that Nebraska will get one of his five official visits. He is still working on setting up a date right now with his coach and the Nebraska staff.

Bryan Munson has worked with Big Red Report for 10 years covering recruiting and football and has covered Nebraska recruiting for 12 years.
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