Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Ducks flip ESPN 300 OL Cameron Hunt
By Brandon Oliver
The Oregon Ducks added their fourth ESPN 300 member and their fifth offensive lineman when former Cal commit Cameron Hunt (Corona, Calif./Centennial) confirmedthat he had flipped to the Ducks.
The No. 276 player in the ESPN 300 joins OL Evan Voeller (West Linn, Ore./West Linn) as the second Under Armour All-American in the Ducks' 2013 class. Hunt officially visited Michigan, Ohio State, Oregon and Cal after former Bears' head coach Jeff Tedford was fired and former Bears' OL coach Jim Mahalczik left for Arizona.
What is the impact of Hunt's decision?
Oregon successfully flipped ESPN 300 OL Cameron Hunt from Cal.
What it means for the Ducks: They now have two elite offensive linemen that have the size and skill to make an early impact in the Ducks' high-octane system. The Ducks have three redshirt candidates in the class at OL and Hunt should allow for the other freshman OL to redshirt.
What it means for the team that lost out: Cal still has five offensive linemen in their recruiting class, including Semper Fidelis All-Americans in No. 20 OT Aaron Cochran (Atwater, Calif./Buhach Colony) and No. 22 OT Erik Bunte (Mission Viejo, Calif./Mission Viejo). The Bears still have a strong OL group but Hunt would have been the best of the bunch.
Turning point: Jeff Tedford's firing affected Hunt, but not nearly as much as the Bears losing former OL coach Jim Mihalczik to Arizona. Once Hunt received an offer from the Ducks, he had a great feeling about the Oregon program. Once he made an official visit to Eugene, it was over. Hunt tried to commit while on his visit but the Ducks' coaches told him to take his last visit -- to Cal -- before making a final decision. He called Oregon and committed the minute he got home from his official visit to Cal.
Surprise scale: 2. Once he made it off campus at Michigan and Ohio State without committing, the Ducks were the front runner. After his visit to Eugene, it was all over.
Immediate Impact: 3. Hunt has the ability to play right away in a reserve role. After losing two starters and three seniors overall, Hunt will definitely battle for playing time right off the bat.