Cameron Hunt toured the UCLA campus, met first-year coach Jim Mora and some assistant coaches and hoped the Bruins would offer when he visited two weekends ago.
That did not happen but the Corona (Calif.) Centennial offensive tackle still said UCLA is one of his favorites and he plans to return for summer camp to earn the elusive offer.
His trip to UCLA went great and Hunt is excited about the prospects moving forward.
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"It was good to finally meet coach Mora and coach (Adrian) Klemm and talk to them in person so the visit went really well," Hunt said. "It's good to build that relationship, get to know that coaching staff and see the facilities and we'll go from there.
"I know coach (Rick) Neuheisel was a lot more laid back than these coaches. Coach Mora is more aggressive and wants to get the job done. That might be what UCLA needs because when you're constantly being worked your hardest you're going to get better."
Hunt, a 6-foot-5, 270-pound three-star prospect who has offers from Arizona State, Colorado, Duke and Washington State, said he's not sure if or when UCLA will offer but he will stay in close touch and keep the Bruins high on his list.
During the visit, Hunt said there was a sense that an offer might come but it didn't and so he will move on, keep working hard and return to UCLA this summer to show off his game in front of the coaching staff.
"Right now I don't know about an offer," Hunt said. We didn't talk about that but it did seem like they were going to offer when it was coach Mora, coach Klemm and me and my parents in his office.
"It seemed like they were going to offer when we were talking but it didn't happen that day. Hopefully it happens in the future. I'm going to their camp so hopefully that will help me get an offer from UCLA."
The Sun Devils are an early leader for Hunt but he's keeping all his options open. The Corona Centennial standout plans to visit Colorado for its spring game and an official visit to Washington State could also happen.
"ASU is the early leader," Hunt said. "I don't know about Duke yet because I haven't gone to their campus yet.
"Colorado and Washington State are also really good programs and I'm going up to Colorado for its spring game. I don't know when I can get up there but if I take my five officials I'd like to take one to Washington State to check out that campus."