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Friday, January 25, 2013
Former Indiana DT commit visits Cal

By Sam Khan Jr.

Houston/Cypress Falls defensive tackle Jacobi Hunter is looking for a new landing spot.

The three-star tackle, who is ranked 71st at his position nationally, is visiting California this weekend, according to his head coach.

Hunter is a former Indiana commitment, but the parties recently parted ways. He was originally recruited by former Indiana defensive tackles coach and special teams coordinator Mark Hagen, but Hagen is now at Texas A&M, recently hired as the Aggies' new linebackers coach.

With Hagen no longer on board, Hunter decided to look around at other options, according to Cypress Falls coach Kirk Eaton. As a result, Indiana has opened up Hunter's spot and is recruiting a potential replacement for Hunter, Eaton said.

"He's there right now [at California]," Eaton said. "Indiana is still going to recruit him, and they're going to recruit others as well. The guy that recruited him, coach Hagen, he left for Texas A&M. Jacobi wanted to look, because it wasn't the same thing, and there was a seed of doubt in his mind. He's in Berkeley this weekend, and when he gets back we'll sit down and talk and see what happens."

Hunter posted on his Twitter account on Friday that Indiana pulled its scholarship offer.

"Sorry to inform all of my IU followers, but my scholarship has been pulled," Hunter said in the tweet. "Thanks for the support and love, and I wish y'all the best."

The 6-foot-1, 300-pound defensive tackle had a good season for Cypress Falls, earning the district's most valuable player award. He is being recruited at Cal by special teams coordinator Mark Tommerdahl.

Hunter originally committed to Indiana on Aug. 26, 2012. He also had an offer from Baylor at the time of his commitment, and Eaton said schools still call and inquire about Hunter.

"At the point of attack, he's as good as I've ever seen," Eaton said. "We're talking about a 6-1, 300-pound nose guard. He's pretty agile. He'll pop a 5.2 [second] 40 [yard dash] and he's pretty quick. He may be the strongest kid we've ever had at our school. That's saying a lot."