Dashon Hunt's isn't a case of a decided player hiding his college choice in the name of suspense. It's not as if he's totally undecided, either. The four-star cornerback falls somewhere in between.
Publicly this stance is as such: Hunt has narrowed his list down to three schools. Oregon State, Nebraska and Boise State remain in the thick of the chase to land his commitment. Internally, however, there's a different story playing out - a story he's not quite prepared to read to the masses.
His coy facade is only half manufactured. Part of it is genuine indecision.
"It's pretty close between two of the schools," Hunt said. "I'm not saying which ones. I'm not totally decided yet, but I have a little idea of where I might commit to."
Hunt plans to announce his decision at the Offense-Defense Bowl on December 30th in Houston, Texas. At that point, things will be finalized. He'll make his choice and set it in stone. And while he won't share the two finalists just yet, he doesn't mind outlining the criteria.
"First off, it's gonna be about how the coaches are," he said. "I need to fit in with them. It's also how the program is and how I like the community. Academics, too. Basically all that stuff is a deciding factor."
Despite all of that, though, Hunt swears he hasn't totally zeroed in on a program just yet. Close? Maybe so, but the process isn't over.
"I'm still making the final decision," he said.
Hunt, a senior at Westlake Village (Calif.) Westlake High School, claims 13 scholarship offers. He played both running back and cornerback for Westlake this season.