- Erik McKinney, ESPN Staff Writer
ESPN 300 cornerback Dashon Hunt (Westlake, Calif./Westlake) earned offers from much of the Pac-12 conference after committing to and eventually decommitting from UCLA. Now the 5-foot-9, 175-pound playmaker has narrowed his list down to a final four.
Nebraska and Oregon State have already received official visits, while Boise State (Nov. 17) and California (Dec. 7) will receive them in the coming weeks.
"I sat down with my parents and my coach and cut it down to a top four," Hunt said. "Really, all these colleges are great schools, so it's going to take for me to finish off my last two officials and then make a final decision."
If not for the visit to Oregon State this past weekend, Hunt might have been comfortable trimming his list to a final three. But Hunt said the visit surprised him in a very good way.
"I wasn't really expecting that," he said. "After being up there for two days, when I came back, I had a great feeling after it. I really enjoyed it."
Hunt said he had limited ideas of what to expect out of the trip.
"I only knew that some of the coaches were really cool and I had an expectation of the rain, because of what people had told me," he said. "The visit really changed my whole mentality about Oregon State. I really like them a whole lot."
Recruits will often gather intel during official visits and then return home to sort through the pros and cons of each school in order to make a final decision. For Hunt, that was what helped him through the early stages. Now, he said it's all about instincts.
"Right now I'm at the process where it's all about how I feel when I go up there," he said. "I've already figured out a lot of the little details. Now it's just, do I feel right being there? Is it where I want to spend four years of my life? Does it feel like home?"