When cornerback Dashon Hunt (Westlake, Calif./Westlake) announced his decommitment from the UCLA Bruins class of 2013 on Saturday, it caught some off guard. But Hunt said he had been wrestling with the decision for about a month.
"After talking to my coach and family, I just wasn't really in love with it as much as I was before," Hunt said of UCLA. "I still really like UCLA and it has always been my top choice, but I just wasn't feeling it like I used to."
The No. 153 player in the country became UCLA's first verbal commitment for this class back in August, but a coaching change this past winter left things up in the air for Hunt. He feels that the new staff would like to evaluate him during his senior season and could pick up their recruitment of him during that time.
"I didn't feel like waiting and holding on when it wasn't a guarantee they would want me," Hunt said.
After announcing his decision to decommit, Hunt said he is open to any school and interest has increased from many of his 11 offers. He holds offers from seven programs in the Pac-12 -- his most recent was from Arizona late last week -- and said his goal is to complete the set, including one from a somewhat surprising school for the UCLA lean.
"My family has always been USC fans," Hunt said. "That's one of the schools I would see myself going to. It would be nice to get an offer from them."
Hunt said he won't rush back into the recruiting process. He doesn't want to begin limiting his choices until the start of his senior season. He said when the time comes, he'll shrink his list to a final four and head toward signing day with those choices. Hunt won't have an opportunity to take part in many summer camps, as he will fly to Texas later this month to participate in the IFAF Under-19 World Championship.