When you bring up the topic of USC with four-star wide receiver Andre Hunt, his eyes light up a little more and his smile gets a bit wider.
The 6-foot, 175-pound Lawndale (Calif.) Leuzinger speedster has been watching the Trojans since he was a small child and his family has hoped that Andre would one day be able to attend USC.
Hunt now has that opportunity after receiving a scholarship offer from the Trojans this spring.
“It was really big actually. I’ve been waiting on that one for a long time,” Hunt said. “To get that offer was very humbling for me and my family.”
USC offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach Tee Martin has had his eye on Hunt, but according to Hunt, it was hard work not on the field, but in the classroom that led to the offer.
“He had been contacting me since sophomore year. He saw my speed and he really liked it, but then I had to get my grades up. Once I got that up, he offered.”
Hunt stopped by USC for an unofficial visit earlier this year and got to see the athletic and academic facilities, which he liked. But now that he has an offer, he’s hoping to get back to campus for a more thorough look at the Trojans.
USC is already one of Hunt’s top choices. Asked to describe the characteristics of the perfect college for him, Hunt simply said “SC.”
Where do the Trojans stand with Hunt? Do they have the lead in his recruitment?
“They definitely do,” Hunt said. “They definitely do.”
But he doesn’t want to rush into a decision and then later regret it, so Hunt is taking his time with the process.
“I don’t want to make the wrong decision, but SC is really a top school for me right now.”
He plans to camp with both USC and UCLA, who has also offered, this summer. He holds other Pac-12 offers from Utah, Washington State and Oregon State and also wants to learn more about Oregon, Arizona State and Big 10 power Michigan before coming to a decision, but Hunt said he hopes to make a decision by the end of the summer before he gets into his senior season at Leuzinger.
USC recruiting analyst Gerard Martinez contributed to this story.
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