- Sam Khan Jr., ESPN Staff Writer
HOUSTON -- ESPN 300 cornerback Dashon Hunt's biggest consideration was comfort.
He liked all three of his finalists -- Boise State, Nebraska and Oregon State -- but the four-star cornerback wanted to feel comfortable. Corvallis, Ore., turned out to be the place Hunt felt most comfortable, which is why he has committed to Oregon State.
The 5-foot-9, 175-pound cornerback from Westlake, Calif., who is the No. 155 player in the ESPN 300, announced his choice at the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl on Sunday night at Reliant Stadium.
"The main thing that really stood out to me was the community," Hunt said. "The atmosphere and everything of the school, the area and all that. I just felt like I could live in Corvallis for four years comfortably, more than I could at Boise or in Lincoln."
He also developed a strong relationship with Oregon State head coach Mike Riley and secondary coach Rod Perry. That instilled confidence in Hunt's decision.
"They're really player-type coaches," Hunt said. "They're honest and I love that about them. They get to the point and they don't sugarcoat anything. They just keep it 100 with you and that's what I want in a coach. Outside of football they'll help you with life problems and they'll coach you through that. They want us to succeed more than just athletically, they want us to succeed academically and that's big for me and my parents as well."
Hunt, the nation's 16th-ranked cornerback, also cited the depth chart when choosing the Beavers. He sees an opportunity to come in and contribute quickly. Also, watching the Beavers go 9-4 this year gives him optimism about the future.
"That was very important because you look at their team and they're very young," Hunt said. "They're not all seniors and stuff so that just tells me that they have a bright future. You see some of the guys they've been recruiting and they're doing well. Oregon State has a bright future."