Thursday, January 10, 2013
Cal OL commit soaks up sudden attention
By Brandon P. Oliver
Cal commit Cameron Hunt (Corona, Calif./Centennial) has become one of the top offensive line targets for a number of schools across the country. The four-star prospect recently returned home from the Under Armour All-America Game in Florida -- the first leg of an action-packed January -- and is focused on evaluating his options with less than a month to go until national signing day.
“I’m just trying to sort through everything to evaluate each school and the opportunities they offer," said Hunt, who moved up today from No. 278 overall to No. 275 in the ESPN 300. "I was happy when Ohio State came through with an offer last week.
Cameron Hunt is still committed to Cal but will be visiting Oregon on Jan. 18.
“I am still committed to Cal, but with a new staff up there, I feel like I need to explore some of these other programs. When schools like Michigan, Ohio State and Oregon offer, you have to pay attention.”
His busy start to 2013 got a little more hectic when Hunt added the offer from Michigan’s biggest rival.
“Yeah, they offered me a few days ago. I’m really excited about getting an offer from a dominant program like that,” Hunt said. “They always have success and put their guys in the NFL. They are right there at the top along with Cal, Michigan and Oregon. They are definitely in the mix.”
Hunt will be in Ann Arbor this weekend and looks forward to learning more about a school with as much offensive line tradition as any school in the country.
“It will be a great opportunity to get out there and see everything and see how they operate,” he said. “You can say the same things about Ohio State. As an offensive lineman, it doesn’t get any better than those two schools.”
Hunt is unsure of when he will make it to Columbus, but both sides are working hard to make it happen.
“I actually talked to them today to try and set something up,” Hunt said. “I might go straight from Michigan to Ohio State since they are so close to each other. I’m not sure yet but that’s probably what I’m going to do.”
When asked whether his visit to Oregon on Jan. 18 was still in the plans, Hunt made it clear that the Big Ten isn’t the only conference he wants to explore.
“Oh, yeah. Definitely. I can’t wait to get up to Oregon and see what it’s all about,” he said. “I feel like I can play in any system. My whole high school career was played in the spread, so Oregon wouldn’t be much of an adjustment in terms of scheme. I’m excited to visit there because they have such a great program.”
With a week of practices at Disney's ESPN Wide World of Sports for the Under Armour All-America Game, Hunt was able to see what the rest of the country has to offer in terms of talent.
“It was good. The talent was crazy. There are a lot of good players at every position and I felt like I was able to hold my own out there,” Hunt said. “Henry Poggi and Robert Nkemdiche were great players on the defensive line. Scott Quessenberry really stood out to me on the offensive line. It was a great experience overall.”