Lancaster (Calif.) four-star wide receiver Andre Hunt injured himself with a minor knee tweak that sidelined him for much of the spring at the Under Armour All-American Camp in February, but Hunt was back out o the circuit Saturday for the Player Of The Future Tournament in Long Beach (Calif.).
This month, college coaches will begin to ascend on Paraclete High School, where Hunt now calls home.
“Hawaii, ASU, Washington State and Cal are coming by,” said Hunt. “I’ve been talking to a few schools lately.
“I think I’m ready to make an early decision, so I’m starting to narrow things down.”
That process has already begun, although a date for a decision has yet to be set.
“I have to talk about that with my family still because it’s a hard decision to make,” said Hunt. “I’ve already visited the schools I like, USC being one of those schools, so I think I’m almost ready to make a decision.
“I don’t have a date, but I’m thinking sometime in the middle of the summer. I’ll still take visits after I commit, but I will shut it down midway through the season.
“I’m just looking for a school that has that family vibe, and a big thing to me is winning a championship. That’s what I’m looking for.”
A couple of months ago, USC was high on Hunt’s list of favorite schools. That remains the case after seeing the Trojans up-close this spring.
“I’ve been there more than any other school,” said Hunt. “I went to their spring game and I loved it. I’ve been to several practices too.
“They’re stacked, and I know that they’re stacked, but it’s different seeing them in person. But I have no problem with competition. If I go out there and work I know I’ll get my shot.”
Hunt was also able to make the start of UCLA spring practice saw well.
“I also got to see UCLA practice and plan to go to their spring game,” said Hunt. “They’re not as stacked as USC, but I could probably get my shot their easier than I would at USC.”
Hunt does have a list of favorite schools he is focused on as summer approaches.
“In no particular order; USC, Oregon State, Colorado, Utah and Washington State,” said Hunt. “With USC… well, you know, it’s USC.
“Utah says I can play both ways, and I love that. Colorado doesn’t have any receivers right now, is I think I can go in there and make an impact early.
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USC is the one school where early playing time seems less likely. Yet, Hunt continues to speak highly of the Trojans.
“I know they get people into the NFL,” said Hunt. “If I redshirt, that’s fine because I know a lot of people who redshirt and still get to the NFL.
“I would like to play my first year, but it’s not a big deal. I think when Deontay Burnett leaves I can get a chance there. They had a lot of receivers leave this year, but they also have Tyler Vaughns and Trevon Sidney, who are really good players. I’d probably have to follow them to get playing time.”
Oregon is a school that has yet to offer Hunt a scholarship but remains on his radar.
“I would like to take a visit there,” said Hunt. “I’ve heard a lot about their facilities and Oregon has a great reputation like USC.
“They’ve put people into the NFL. Not as much as USC, but I think Oregon would be a perfect fit for me in how they play.”