Until a couple of weeks ago, the Oregon Ducks had been looking at three offensive linemen in order to round out their class with one or two more players at that position. Then two new recruits came into the picture and received offers almost immediately.
Both of the new offers were big, as one led to a commitment and the other has one of the top players in the West seriously considering the Ducks.
California commit and Under Armour All-American OL Cameron Hunt (Corona, Calif./Centennial) recently began to explore other options after Cal had a coaching change. Hunt remains committed to the Bears but is giving a good look to three other programs. Nebraska, Michigan and Oregon all offered the ESPN 300 prospect within days of Jeff Tedford being let go. Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer also stopped by the week before Hunt and his Centennial squad took on Concord (Calif.) De La Salle in the state championship game.
"I'm still committed to Cal but I will be taking visits to other schools," Hunt said. "Right now it's Michigan on Jan. 11 and Oregon on the 18th."
While Hunt is mostly considered to be more of a Big Ten-type offensive lineman, he knows that Oregon has a lot to offer and feels comfortable in their system.
"I've played in a spread for my whole career so far. I don't see why Oregon's system would deter me," said Hunt, in response to other programs' negative recruiting. "Have you seen Oregon? All they do is run it. They pound the ball all day, every day."
Hunt said that he has discussed the issue with Oregon offensive line coach Steve Greatwood at length and has been pleased with what he has heard.
"He had all kinds of statistics and information to show me that a lot of the lineman in the NFL came out of a spread system," Hunt said. "Oregon has some offensive linemen in the league, so it is clearly possible."
With that in mind, Hunt maintains that the style of play could play a role in his decision, but it is about more than that.
"I feel comfortable in the spread or in a pro-set. I'm confident that I can adapt to whatever system I wind up in," Hunt said. "It's going to come down to the coaches, the program and the environment surrounding the team and the school itself."
The 6-foot-4, 275-pound Hunt will leave later this week for the Under Armour All-American Game in Tampa (Fla.) to kick off an extremely busy month. He will be in Tampa until Jan. 5, and then fly home to California before heading to Ann Arbor on Jan. 11. The following two weeks he is scheduled to be in Eugene and Berkeley for official visits.
The No. 220 player in the ESPN 300 is working to set up a visit to Ohio State sometime before signing day.