Hunt Picks Oregon State

After narrowing down his list to three, Westlake Village (Calif.) Westlake cornerback Dashon Hunt has committed to Oregon State...

After narrowing down his list to a final three, Westlake Village (Calif.) Westlake cornerback Dashon Hunt committed to Oregon State, announcing his decision during Sunday's Offense-Defense Bowl.

"It really came down to which area I could live in for four or five years, and Corvalis is that area. With all of those schools, I loved the coaches, the players, the atmosphere, but I didn't feel like I could live in Lincoln or Boise as comfortably as I could in Corvalis," he said.

Though Hunt had also been considering Boise State and Nebraska, he felt like he found a home within the Beavers' program.

"After doing research, I put together a note sheet for my parents on all of the schools and I told them the positives and negatives. I told them I just felt more at home in Corvalis than anywhere else. After talking to some college and ex-NFL players, they told me that I had to go to the school where my heart was and Oregon State is that school," he said.

Prior to the announcement, Hunt had spoken with the coaching staffs of all three programs.

Earlier this season, the 5-foot-9, 185-pound prospect checked out Corvalis when the Beavers hosted Arizona State and really enjoyed his time on campus.

"It was great being there. There were already people who knew me. The fans were great, the game atmosphere was great. The players are very down to earth guys. They aren't cocky at all; they are friendly and willing to talk to you," he said.

A specific unit that stood out to Hunt was the Beavers' secondary.

"I loved watching their defense. I like how they ran their defensive backs; Coach Perry does a great job. Jordan Poyer has a nose for the ball. When I went down there, I didn't get the chance to see him play, because that was the game he sat out, but watching him encourage his teammates, I could tell that he's a good teammate and a great player," he said.

He has had the chance to talk with the staff about how they plan on incorporating him into the defense.

"They want me coming in and playing either corner or nickel. They really encourage their freshmen to come in with the mentality that they will come in and play. Since their depth at corner is pretty low, I could come in and have potential playing time. They have really strong feelings about that. I'm just going to come in and try my hardest," he said.

Hunt is joining a talented 2013 recruiting class and has had the chance to talk with some of his future teammates.

"I played with Brandon Arnold, who is a safety. He's a really cool guy. I've talked with some of the other commits on Facebook but I'm excited to meet them. I also know two guys on the team: Richard Mullaney, a receiver, and Richie Harrington, the quarterback. I played with them. So I'll be coming in and will know a few people; that's another plus about Oregon State," he said.

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