Andre Hunt provided Nebraska with another offensive playmaker for its 2018 recruiting class when he announced Wednesday that he’d sign with the Huskers.
Hunt’s announcement came only a few days after he returned from his official visit to Lincoln on the final weekend before national signing day. He had visited San Diego State and Oregon State — his other two finalists — in the two weeks prior. Hunt posted on Twitter that his trip to Lincoln was a “fantastic visit” that left him with a “big decision” to make on signing day.
That decision went in favor of Nebraska.
It was the second time in less than a week that Nebraska went head-to-head for a recruit with Oregon State, which now has former Husker head coach Mike Riley on staff. The Beavers beat out Nebraska on Saturday for athlete Matthew Tago, who was being recruited by NU as a quarterback but will be a linebacker at OSU.
Hunt said he and Tago — who are both from Lancaster, California — are friends and had discussed the possibility of playing together on the next level. But Hunt will instead head to the Midwest while Tago stays on the West Coast.
The Huskers first extended Hunt an offer two days before Christmas and continued to recruit him heavily throughout January. Offensive coordinator Troy Walters made an in-home visit with Hunt on Jan. 14, and about a week later Hunt met Scott Frost for the first time.
Hunt, who was once committed to USC, becomes the sixth wide receiver in Nebraska’s 2018 recruiting class. He’s a three-star recruit ranked No. 95 at his position, according to the 247Sports composite. He’s also the second high school recruit from California to land with Nebraska, and the composite pegs him at No. 64 in the state.
Hunt — 6-foot-1, 185 pounds — made 67 catches for 1,185 yards and 18 touchdowns (21 TDs total) in 14 games last fall for Paraclete High School. Paraclete used him all over the field. He found seams in the middle of a defense, burned corners on deep routes and gained chunk yardage on bubble screens.
"(Nebraska) said they like me both inside and out," Hunt said in an interview with The World-Herald last week. "They think they could use me in a lot of different ways, special teams also. It's pretty much open. They said I can come in and compete, possibly get on the field early. But it's pretty much all up to me — the opportunity will be there and I just have to capitalize on it.”
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