Hunt Staying Solid to UCLA

Westlake (Calif.) cornerback Dashon Hunt said he's still solid in his commitment to UCLA and plans to head to Westwood to meet with the new Bruin coaches...

Westlake (Calif.) cornerback Dashon Hunt (5-9.5, 175), committed to UCLA in the summer before his junior year, when Rick Neuheisel was still the Bruins' head coach.

With Neuheisel gone from Westwood and new head coach Jim Mora in place, Hunt is having to get to know the Bruin staff all over again.

With the 2012 class signed, Hunt and the 2013 class are now at the forefront of the Bruin coaches' minds, and Hunt plans to get to know the UCLA coaches in the very new future.

"I'm still a commit to UCLA," said Hunt. "I'm actually going down there in the next couple of weeks to get to know the new coaches and we'll see what they have to say."

Hunt chose the Bruins over an early offer from Washington, which was given to him by then-Huskies cornerbacks coach Demetrice Martin. Now Martin is at UCLA and Hunt is looking forward to chatting with him more.

"Coach Martin offered me at Washington so I'm looking forward to talking more with him," said Hunt. "Really, that's why I'm going to go there to meet the new coaches and just get to know them more."

Hunt is also glad to see UCLA hired a defensive-minded head coach.

"I really enjoy knowing that about Coach Mora, that he's a defensive guy," said Hunt. "That's a big thing for me. My thing is just going down there and formally getting to know them."

Hunt was offered by Nebraska on Monday, a new offer from another defensive minded coach in Bo Pelini.

"They offered me on Monday so that's cool to get that," said Hunt.

Hunt had a stellar junior season for the Warriors, helping them to the CIF-SS Northern Division title and a spot in the CIF State Open Division title game.

He starred on both sides of the ball, running the ball for the Warriors, rushing for 1,274 yards on 131 yards and scoring 18 touchdowns and catching 19 passes for 197 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, he had 63 tackles, 10 pass breakups and six interceptions.

While he was a key cog of the Warriors' high-powered offense, defense is where his heart, and future, is.

"It's still defense, it's still the corner position, it's still the defensive side of the ball," said Hunt. "I just see myself playing defense at the next level. I've actually had a longer career playing running back. I didn't even play corner until my sophomore year but now it's just stuck with me."

Hunt said he models his game after the "Honey Badger", Tyrann Matthieu, who like Hunt, is on the diminutive side, but plays bigger than he is.

"I just love how physical he plays," said Hunt. "He's not the biggest but he's physical and he plays as if he's the biggest and the fastest and that's what I feel like I do."

Hunt will see more attention on offense next year, with the Warriors losing quarterback Justin Moore.

"I think we have a lot of talented backs that are on this football team and we have a lot of talent in the backfield coming back, so even with Justin gone, we'll be ready offensively," said Hunt.

Hunt said he's trying to gain weight as he preps for his senior year.

"I'm working at The Factory by my school and working with my team Monday, Wednesday and Fridays," said Hunt. "I want to get my weight up to 185 so I'm right there with the college guys and I'll be able to take the type of beating they take as well as work on my speed. I want to get the weight up while maintaining my speed."

Two players from Hunt's rivals, Oaks Christian, signed with UCLA this month in Jordan Payton, who he matched up against on numerous occasions, as well as Ishmael Adams, who Hunt is similar to in that both played running back but were destined for defense.

"I met Ishmael when we started playing against them and we worked together with 1925," said Hunt. "We have a good relationship even though he went to Oaks and it's cool he's going to the school I'm going to."

Brandon is in his eighth year with and FOXSportsNext, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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