HOUSTON -- ESPN 300 cornerback Dashon Hunt wants a memorable experience during his week at the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl.
Since he's planning to announce a commitment during the game on Sunday at Reliant Stadium, it's likely that he'll remember it forever. The 5-foot-9, 175-pound Hunt will choose between a final three of Boise State, Nebraska and Oregon State.
"I just want to have fun and really live the moment because I'm not going to get it back," Hunt said of his goal at the Offense-Defense Bowl. "I'm just trying to live it while I can and enjoy it while I can."
The four-star cornerback has had the opportunity to enjoy official visits to each of his three finalists. He came away with positive impressions from each. At Oregon State, Hunt has developed good relationships with head coach Mike Riley and secondary coach Rod Perry. He enjoyed his official visit when the Beavers hosted Arizona State.
"I love the coaches," Hunt said. "I have a really good relationship with Coach Riley and Coach Perry. Secondly, I like the academics there. I like their athletics. Their football program is really coming up off of this season. Their depth chart at my position is fairly low so I would come in with potential playing time. The atmosphere, the community and everything is great. It's a great vibe and I really enjoyed it on my official."
Boise State offers similar positives, in Hunt's eyes. He has become familiar with head coach Chris Petersen and secondary coach Jimmy Lake.
"I have a really good relationship with Coach Petersen and Coach Lake," he said. "They're both really good guys. I like their athletics. I like their academics. The atmosphere is real good. [The Colorado State game] was a great atmosphere. It was very enjoyable. ... Everybody's involved with the program and it was a good atmosphere."
Nebraska, where Hunt is being recruited by receivers coach Rich Fisher, provided an impressive game-day atmosphere when Hunt took in the Wisconsin game.
"First off, when I got there, there were just lines of people walking around wearing red, the fans there are fantastic," Hunt said. "That initially drew me in to them, just the community relationship with the program. The game atmosphere was great. It was probably the loudest stadium I've ever been in. Academically, they have great history. Athletically, they're always playing in big bowls or with a good record. It was a good official on that one, too."
Hunt said narrowing his list wasn't easy.
"Extremely hard," he said. "At first, getting all the offers was a great feeling, everything was easy. Narrowing it down was a difficult thing. It was stressful, you have people in one ear telling you this or that. It was a really hard decision, but now that I'm so close to making my commitment, I feel a lot more stress free."