Wide receiver Andre Hunt is counting down the days until his arrival at Nebraska on May 30. He has a few more big moments before his arrival though — such as graduation on May 24 — but he’s ready to be in Lincoln.
The journey to this point has been interesting for Hunt. The 3-star wide receiver from Lancaster (Calif.) Paraclete originally committed to USC on June 26, 2017. He stayed committed until Dec. 18. Then Nebraska made its big push.
Coach Scott Frost and his staff made their offer to Hunt six days after his de-commitment from the Trojans. It was another month and a half before Hunt officially visited Nebraska, which allowed time for Oregon State to make its case.
Oregon State had been interested in Hunt for years. The biggest difference when he took his official visit to Corvallis on Jan. 26 was that former Nebraska coach Mike Riley was now there. While meeting Riley, Hunt wanted to ask about the Huskers. He didn’t out of respect, but it was there in the back of his mind.
One week later on Feb. 2, Hunt took an official visit to Nebraska. He knew then Lincoln was where he wanted to be, so he signed his letter of intent five days later on National Signing Day.
Nebraska’s biggest selling point for Hunt was Frost. Seeing what the coach was capable of doing at Central Florida, Hunt knew he wanted to be a part of what Frost was building with the Huskers. Frost’s approach to recruiting Hunt was also a major selling point.
“He’s a really cool dude,” Hunt told Land of 10. “When he first contacted me, he wasn’t trying to play me like the other schools were. He was just very straight-forward that he wanted me. He said I’d fit great into the offense, a high-speed offense.”
In deciding to commit to Nebraska, Hunt admits he had to shift his thinking. He wanted a place that felt like home, which he wasn’t sure he’d find in the middle of the country. Lincoln was a long way from home, and Hunt wanted to be sure he’d fit in and be a part of a family. Frost showed him he would be.
Hunt still doesn’t know a lot about the place he’ll call home in just a couple of weeks or the people he’ll be living with. He’s gotten to know Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez pretty well, but that’s about it.
That’s why when the option to request roommates came, Hunt opted to let fate take over.
“I don’t know who my roommates are going to be actually,” Hunt said. “They asked me who I wanted to be with and I said just to pick for me.”
While Hunt’s family was surprised he wanted to go so far away from home, they also realized the opportunity in front of him. They see Nebraska as a great school outside of football, so they know he’ll be in good hands athletically and academically.
Hunt has a little more time at home with his family, but he’s eager for the journey ahead of him. He may not know who he’s living with or what to expect, but he’s confident Lincoln will quickly become his home away from home.
It was a whirlwind getting to this point but it’s one Hunt suspects happened for a reason. He’s grateful for it, too.
“It was a great opportunity and I had to take it,” Hunt said. “Nebraska isn’t like anywhere else.”