USC offer makes big impact on Andre Hunt

By Johnny Curren

It’s safe to say that all eyes were focused squarely on the Class of 2017 throughout last week, and for good reason. But that didn’t stop Clay Helton and the Trojans coaching staff from dishing out offers to a handful of underclassmen, including a Class of 2018 star from right in their own backyard in Lawndale (Calif.) Leuzinger’s Andre Hunt.

Coming forward with the offer last Tuesday, USC became the seventh program to throw its hat in the ring for the 6-foot, 175-pound wide receiver, joining BYU, Oregon State, San Jose State, UCLA, Utah and Washington State.

When asked to discuss the impact of the Trojans offer during this past weekend’s King of the I.E. 7-on-7 tournament in Murrieta, where Hunt participated as a member of a loaded Premium Sports squad, he didn’t hold back.

“I really love SC, so it was big,” Hunt said. “Me and my dad, we’ve talked about this for awhile. It’s like a tradition in my family. My dad loves them, and his dad too. We just all love SC. I remember watching Reggie [Bush], Robert Woods, Marqise [Lee]…all of those guys.”

The offer from USC didn’t come out of nowhere. Trojans offensive coordinator Tee Martin stopped by Leuzinger to inquire about the talented pass-catcher last month. That led to Hunt stopping by campus two weeks ago for an unofficial visit.

“I’ve been there before, but not on a visit,” Hunt said. “I got to see everything that they had to offer, and it actually shocked me. The coaches showed me around the facilities. I talked to Coach Tee Martin. I also talked to Eric Ziskin and a couple of the other coaches. They also talked to me about the academic side of the school. It wasn’t just about football. That’s something that I really liked.”

Hunt saw time not only at wide receiver last season, where he compiled 34 receptions for 573 yards and five touchdowns, but also at safety and linebacker, where he amassed 38 tackles and one interception.

The staff at USC, however, is targeting him solely for the offensive side of the ball.

“They really like my speed,” Hunt said. “That’s the main thing they’ve been emphasizing to me.”

Despite holding such positive feelings towards the Trojans, Hunt is nowhere close to being able to name any leaders, and he’s determined to take his time with the process.

“I’m open to whoever is going to offer me, and I want to take my time and keep things open,” Hunt said. “I don’t want to commit to a school too early, then go there and have to transfer out. I don’t want to go through that. I just want to make the right choice, and go to the school that I really want to go to.”

And as Hunt goes through the process in the coming months, he has some specific things that he’s going to be looking for.

“As far as the factors that are important to me, I’m looking at whether or not it’s close to home, playing time and academics,” Hunt said.

With that in mind, Hunt hopes to take a number of unofficial visits this coming offseason, including a return-trip to USC.

“Even though I just went to SC, I want to go again,” Hunt said. “I also want to check out some other schools like Oregon, Michigan and Notre Dame – even though they haven’t offered me. And then from the schools that have offered me, I want to visit Washington State and Oregon State.”

A prospect whose stock is expected to continue to rise in the coming months, Hunt is definitely a prospect to keep close tabs on this offseason.

Johnny Curren

Started with WeAreSC in early 2000’s as recruiting writer. Emmy-winner while covering high school football at Fox Sports West.

11 Replies to "USC offer makes big impact on Andre Hunt"

  • Mike F February 6, 2017 (5:49 pm)

    I’m going to preface this comment by admitting I’m not an expert and I think that teams shouldn’t over-emphasize recruiting website ratings. But… why does SC offer so many 3 stars? Shouldn’t the focus be on 4 and 5s? Make an exception here or there for a lower ranked guy if you think that your evaluation is very different or the player plays a position of need. But WRs? We are loaded and there are guys at the very top of the list that are interested in SC. Save the space for other positions. Depth has recovered to the point we do not have to fill every position in each class going forward. If you leave a few scholarships on the table because you only offered 4 and 5 stars you can carry those spots into the next year (that’s how some teams have classes with over 25 guys). Don’t make offers to dozens of 3 stars when you don’t have to: we’re not Oregon State or Colorado.

  • theshaw60@hotmail.com February 6, 2017 (7:13 pm)

    I don’t claim to be an expert either, I do know talent when I see it though. That kid is talented! Have you seen his tape? Rating by Scout or Rivals or 247 aren’t supposed to be an “end all be all” they are a huge for collegiate coaches to use as a tool. There are plenty of 5 star players who never pan out, as there are players in the league right now who had 1-3 stars or weren’t ranked @ all. Sure stars and rankings are great to look at, I look at them all the time. Nothing beats the eye test though. Have faith in the SC coaches and recruiters, i’m sure they are better in talent assement than you or I.

  • qqqqqqqman February 6, 2017 (7:21 pm)

    @MikeF….I was of the same impression. There are so many local TOP WRs in the 2018 class, not sure why a 3* was offered SO EARLY. Since he is not physically imposing, I assumed he had speed. From his words in the article, it sounds like that is it….speed.

  • theshaw60@hotmail.com February 6, 2017 (7:55 pm)

    Just read up on the kid. Rivals & Scout project him as a “National Recruit” Rivals says he was insured @ the end of his Sophomore yr and attended no spring camps or 7on7 tournaments going into his Junior yr. This could attribute to the 3 star ranking being that thats where they are usually evaluated. Here’s his Twitter @drrrrrrrrreeeee His highlight film is linked in his bio. Go take a look & let me know what you guys think. I’m sold!

  • theshaw60@hotmail.com February 6, 2017 (7:56 pm)

    *injured

  • Mike F February 6, 2017 (8:07 pm)

    Prediction: we sign 3-4 of these 3 stars then we reel in some of the big fish. Once we get 2-3 4/5 stars in the positions these guys play then we will have 2-3 of them de-commit. Why offer them in the first place? Make SC offers rare and special.

    • Jason S February 6, 2017 (11:53 pm)

      Mike F. You check out his film yet? What did you think after viewing?

  • Gannon Andrew February 8, 2017 (6:19 am)

    Some of these comments are ridiculous. If recruitment was based solely off of what a recruiting service thought, then why have recruiters or scouts @ all? Richard Sherman was a 3-Star athlete, Ajene Harris (currently starting @ SC) was a 3-star, J.J. Watt was unranked, Hell Clay Mathews was a unranked walk-on guess SC shouldn’t have taken a chance on him. Can’t always follow the hype

  • Louis February 8, 2017 (7:11 pm)

    All power 5 schools, including Alabama hand out over 100+ offers every year. Only Stanford does less than that as you have to be on pace to qualify. Yes that includes 3 stars. The trick is to offer and to convince them that you like them but to wait until later (slowplay).

  • Jason S February 9, 2017 (1:21 am)

    Andre Hunt is now ranked 4star by Scout.com after seeing him @ the King of the I.E. 7on7.

  • Mike F February 9, 2017 (5:59 pm)

    Saw film. Looks good. I realize that recruiting websites aren’t perfect: there will always be guys that are missed. On the flip side though: most 5 stars end up stars in college (look at SCs NFL early entrants this year) and dominate the 1st couple rounds of the NFL draft. Even though there are guys that are ranked 3 star or lower that go on to great success in college and the pros, there are far more guys that were ranked high initially that go on to star. The highly ranked guys are a much better bet: SC shouldn’t offer more than a handful of 3 stars. If we can land the big fish why spend too much time on the minnows?

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