- Erik McKinney, ESPN Staff Writer
Offensive tackle Cameron Hunt (Corona, Calif./Centennial) was rewarded when he waited patiently for an offer from California. On Tuesday, his patience and hard work paid off yet again, as he received and accepted an offer to play in the Under Armour All-America Game.
Hunt said the invitation didn’t come right away during the phone call on Tuesday morning, which kept the big lineman in suspense.
“The whole time I kept wondering if I was going to get the offer,” Hunt said. “It was kind of nerve-racking. But when it came, it was just a blessing. I was really happy.”
The California commit said he has had his eyes set on the Under Armour Game for the past few years, and he looks at it as the perfect finish to his high school career. Hunt took part in The Opening this summer, so he is no stranger to stepping his game up at all-star events.
“When you play against that high of a level, your game elevates also,” Hunt said. “I’m such a competitor -- all I want to do is win. It makes me better to go against those guys, just to go compete and give it my all.”
Hunt, the nation’s No. 215 recruit, said he enjoys that he can switch from recruited to recruiter now that he has made his commitment. And again, what he learned during The Opening away from the field could come in handy as well during the Under Armour Game practices.
“I’m recruiting four or five players right now, trying to get other linemen to come up here with me,” he said. “I know Scott Quessenberry (Carlsbad, Calif./La Costa Canyon) and a couple of other guys who will be down there. It’s going to be really fun.”
Hunt adds another Pac-12 verbal commitment to the game, as he will join USC’s Max Redfield (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo), Sebastian LaRue (Santa Monica, Calif./Santa Monica) and Ty Isaac (Joliet, Ill./Joliet Catholic), Washington’s Damore’ea Stringfellow (Moreno Valley, Calif./Rancho Verde), Oregon’s Dontre Wilson (DeSoto, Texas/DeSoto) and Stanford’s Isaac Savaiinaea (Honolulu/Punahou).