Hunt Staying Patient With Oregon

Currently a verbal commitment to UCLA, Westlake Village (CA) Westlake four-star cornerback Dashon Hunt admits he is keeping his options wide open and is taking a look at every school in regular contact with him. Oregon happens to be one of those schools and Hunt sat down with eDuck Sports this afternoon to discuss the Ducks and recruiting, in general.

You are currently a verbal commit to UCLA, is that correct?


Are you looking around at other schools who are contacting you, or are you still firm with your commitment to UCLA?

"No, I'm definitely keeping my options open. I've been open to any school that has been showing me interest and so that's just where I'm at right now. I'm keeping my options open and any school that comes after me, I'm willing to look at them and research them."

What kind of contact have you had with Oregon since the recruiting process started for you?

"It's been good. I've been staying in contact with coach (John) Neal and talking to him some. I still receive a lot of mail from Oregon, so I stay in contact with them."

In your conversations with coach Neal, what kinds of things has he discussed with you?

"He's been telling me how good of an athlete I am and to be patient with them. I have a long time before Signing Day and all that, so he just tells me what my strong points are and how I would fit in with Oregon and just a lot of good things. Overall, he said to stay patient with us (Oregon), we don't normally offer super fast, so just be patient."

What does coach Neal believe your strong points to be and how does he see you fitting in should you come to Oregon?

"He really likes my ball instincts, he loves my aggressiveness, how attack the ball, and how I'm not afraid to go up and hit. He thinks I have real good hips and he would like for me to go down there (to Eugene) and play corner, so that's his plans."

Has coach Neal been by your school this spring to visit you?

"Yeah, he came by last week."

In spite of your verbal commitment to UCLA, what is your overall interest in Oregon at this point?

"My overall interest in Oregon would most likely be in the environment itself and their football. Wherever I go, I just want to be somewhere that's really big on football. The facilities (at Oregon) are good, the coaching staff is good -- like coach Neal -- and I just like a lot about that school."

Have you been to Oregon before on a visit or anything like that?

"No, I've never been there."

Has coach Neal discussed getting you to Eugene for a visit or anything like that?

"He wants me to come down there, but we just don't know what date I'd come down."

How would describe yourself as a player?

"I would say that I have a real good nose for the ball, I have playmaker abilities, meaning that whenever the ball is in the air around me I'll go get it and I'm not afraid to make a hit. I'm a defensive back, but I play like a linebacker when it comes to physicality. I've got good hands, so I don't drop too many interceptions, but I have really good ball instincts and that's one of my strong points."

Is there a guy at the collegiate or professional level that you try to pattern your game after at all?

"It would probably be Charles Woodson, just because he's not the tallest guy in the world and he's not the thickest, but he plays like he's the biggest guy and the toughest guy, and that's kind of where I see my confidence level build. Seeing a guy who is around the same height as me and weight being able to do what he does, that's a confidence boost for me and it makes me believe that if he can do it, I can do it."

What are you looking for in a program?

"First off is my major. I really want to go to a school with a good kinesiology program or physical fitness program, whichever one is closest to kinesiology. Secondly, I want to go to an area where it's really a college type of atmosphere. Lastly, the coaches have to be the kind of coaches that are straight forward, don't really lead you on, lead you on, and then when it comes to that crunch time, they tell you that they don't really need you or whatever. I really want a straight forward coach. Those are the top three things."

What are some of the offers that you currently have from other programs?

"Nebraska, Washington, Washington State, Hawaii, Colorado, Oregon State, and UCLA."

As far as camps and unofficial visits go, where have you been and where do you plan on going over the next few months?

"The only place I've been to recently is UCLA for their Junior Day and I went to the Nike skills camp thing. Those are really the only two things I've done and I don't really have anything else planned."

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