It's not something an offensive tackle ever wants to be associated with on the field, but off of it, Cameron Hunt (Corona, Calif./Centennial) is in something of a holding pattern right now.
Hunt committed to Cal in July and has been the Golden Bears' top-ranked recruit since that time, but programs haven't stopped their pursuit of the 6-foot-4, 267-pound tackle. Things have heated up even more in recent weeks, with Cal's slide to end the season and chatter that a coaching change could be on the way.
Hunt hears all of it but is in no hurry to react to anything or make any decisions at this point, as he continues to build a very strong relationship with California offensive line coach and offensive coordinator Jim Michalczik. On Saturday, however, Hunt was on hand for UCLA's big win over USC and left the Rose Bowl impressed.
"It was an awesome experience, with UCLA coming out and dominating from the start," he said. "It was cool to see the fan base come out, and I think this is a new chapter for the Bruins."
Hunt spent time with UCLA coaches Adrian Klemm and Steve Broussard, as the Bruins continue to push hard for the big lineman. But all parties are doing what they can to be patient.
"They want to keep in touch and are kind of waiting on me," Hunt said. "But I'm waiting to see the whole situation with Cal and Coach Tedford. It's kind of a waiting game right now. But at the end of the day, I'm going to go to the place that fits me best.
"UCLA is recruiting me the hardest, but a few new schools are coming in, and some other schools are looking at me again. I'm just blessed to have a lot of options where I can go."