Hunt Has Good Meeting at JR Day

The Westlake (Calif.) cornerback and UCLA commit, Dashon Hunt, meets the new Bruin coaches for the first time...

Westlake (Calif.) cornerback Dashon Hunt (5-9.5, 175), finally got an opportunity to meet the new coaching staff at UCLA.

Hunt committed to the Bruins during the summer, when Rick Neuheisel was still the coach, but he wanted to see where he stood with UCLA and it's new coaches, and vice versa.

At Junior Day on Sunday, Hunt had that chance and it went well for him.

"It was nice there and I really like the new coaching staff," said Hunt. "Coach (Demetrice) Martin is a real good guy and Coach (Jim) Mora is really cool."

Hunt was recruited by Martin when he was coaching at Washington, the Huskies had offered him prior to his commitment.

"I spent some time talking with Coach Martin and the funny thing is, when he was with Washington, he was the guy who recruited me, so we kind of caught up and it was a really special thing," said Hunt.

Hunt also left impressed with the new head coach.

"With Coach Mora, I really like him," said Hunt. "He's a character and he's really funny. But he's a serious guy at the same time and he has a really strong desire to win."

Hunt also liked the fact that Mora is a defensive backs guy at the heart of it.

"Coach Mora looks for talented defensive backs and he said he'd consider playing guys as true freshman if they can show it and I really like it. It's a privilege not a right to play early," said Hunt. "I'm feeling pretty good about him. It's not about how you talk, it's about how you play."

Hunt had been by UCLA numerous times before, but the Junior Day experience allowed him to see even more of the university.

"All the other times I went out there, I didn't get to see a lot of the school, I'd just get to see a couple spots but not everything like I saw at Junior Day," said Hunt. "I'm learning more about them athletically and academically everyday."

The big question for Hunt is what his commitment to the Bruins is like, especially with new schools, like Nebraska, having offered and other schools getting in the mix since his stellar junior season.

"I still really do consider myself a solid commit to UCLA," said Hunt. "We had a little bit of a talk with the coaches and I told them they're still my top choice and I'm solid. I'm planning to go over there for some spring practices and to the spring game."

Hunt and his Warriors teammates are coming off a 14-1 season, one in which they won the CIF-SS Northern Division title and advanced for the first time in school history, to the CIF State Open Division game.

As a junior, Hunt 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.


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