Dashon Hunt Still Committed

The 2013 athlete, Dashon Hunt, from Westlake Village (Calif.) Westlake, is verbally committed to UCLA, but he says he's getting interest from other schools...

Dashon Hunt, the 5-9 defensive back/running back from Westlake Village (Calif.) Westlake who is considered a top prospect in the class of 2013, verbally committed to UCLA in August, but he's still getting interest from other schools.

While Hunt is excited about the possibility of being a Bruin, he's still a junior, and other colleges are starting to notice Hunt's speed and playmaking ability,

USC, Oregon, Oregon State, Colorado and Washington have shown interest, with the Huskies also having offered Hunt a scholarship.

Hunt said he is still solid in his commitment to UCLA at this point, but is listening to the other schools. UCLA has some things going for it that are important to Hunt. "I love their campus, it's a great campus," Hunt said. "Academically it's one of the best schools. It's close to home, and I'm used to the weather already."

One factor that also stood out to him at UCLA was the opportunity for immediate playing time.

"I do not want to redshirt as a freshman so I'm looking to go to a college where I can hopefully start, so that's my main goal," he said.

The school across town has started to pick up its interest in Hunt. "USC has started to talk to me," Hunt said. "It's really exciting. It's close to home, a lot of All-Americans have been to that school, a lot of people in the NFL now have been to that school, that's a big school."

With a self-reported GPA of a 3.6, Hunt's family stresses academics and it's a necessity for whatever college Hunt attends.

"Athletically as well as the academic program, because my parents don't want me going to a school that's not a good academic school," Hunt said. "My parents are very strict on me with grades."

In 2011, Hunt, who is 5-9 and 175 pounds, has helped his team to a 5-0 start and is apart of a team that is ranked fifth in the state of California. In his first four games this season, he's averaged 3.3 tackles a game on defense and 14.75 yards per carry in the backfield. He has ran for three touchdowns.

Last Thursday in front of a standing-room only crowd of nearly 6,000 at Westlake High's Stadium, and a national television audience, Hunt rushed for 78 yards and was a force on defense in the Warriors' 43-21 win over neighbor and rival, Westlake Village Oaks Christian.

In 2010, Hunt recorded 60 tackles and seven interceptions and had 11 touchdowns.

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