Just a couple weekends ago a group of athletes from Lancaster’s Paraclete High School made the near 900-mile trek to Corvallis to see what Oregon State has to offer. Among them was four-star wide receiver Andre Hunt and he came away naming Oregon State as one of the programs he’s most interested in.
“My visit was great. It really is a fantastic place. Oregon State is definitely a school that I like so far. I like how they run their offense; I know they run the spread up there sometimes but aren’t always in it. They run a lot of reverses and stuff, that just shows me that they like to get the ball in their playmakers hands like Victor Bolden and I like that,” Hunt told BeaverBlitz.
Hailing from the Los Angeles area, Cory Hall has been the point main in Hunt’s recruitment for the Beavers. The two talk weekly and have a solid relationship being built. Coach Phillips has also been involved more of late, explaining how he envisions Hunt fitting into the new look Beaver offense.
“Coach Hall and Coach Phillips have been telling me more about their backgrounds and where they come from. Then Coach Phillips has also been telling me more about how I would fit into their offense. He said that I could play both in the slot and on the outside, I’m versatile enough to play all over for him.”
It should come as no surprise that members of the coaching staff aren’t the only ones recruiting Hunt to Corvallis. If you’ve followed the Beavers’ recruiting efforts over the past year, you’d know that peer-to-peer recruiting has become a vital part of their recruiting effort. And one of the stalwarts of the 2017 class appears to be leading the charge in getting the best of the 2018 class to join him in Corvallis.
“I know Jeffrey Manning a little bit. We’ve played against one another. He actually reached out to me a couple weeks ago to tell me what a great place it is to play football at and what I should expect to see at OSU before I went up there.”
Outside of Oregon State, USC, Utah, Colorado, and Washington State are just a handful of the other programs that Hunt is strongly considering. He broke down what he liked about each of the programs.
Utah – “They said I could play both ways there. They’re recruiting me as a safety and a wide receiver.”
Colorado – “I like how they’ve formatted their offense and how he could fit into it as well as some of their facilities.
Washington State – “They primarily have told me that they want me to play in the slot but I could move outside too. I really liked how they used Gabe Marks in their offense.”
USC - “They’re just the hometown team. They were kind of my dream school growing up and I’ve been watching them since I was younger.”
In addition to the above-mentioned programs, Hunt has picked up offers from BYU, Fresno State, Hawaii, Nevada, San Diego State, and San Jose State. While he’s not quite ready to name a top group of schools, he does have an idea of when he’d like to make his commitment and how the rest of his recruitment could play out.
“I definitely want to take some official visits but am thinking that I want to commit at some point this summer. Oregon State is definitely a place that I would like to return to this fall to see again on an official visit.”