March 23, 2011

Hunt still receiving attention

El Campo (Texas) defensive tackle Joey Hunt verbally committed to TCU a little over a month ago, but that hasn't slowed down the programs who are still after the 2012 standout.

"I kind of expected it to drop off some, but it's kind of been the opposite of that. Tech offered me the day after I committed, and some others have come into the picture since then too," Hunt said. "I'm still hearing from a few schools right now. There are still some that I speak to on a regular basis. I've been hearing a lot from Illinois, Michigan, Stanford, Texas Tech, and Tulsa in addition to TCU."

Hunt does not have any trips planned at the moment, although he indicated that some visits may happen this summer. The 6-foot-3, 281-pounder seemed fairly solid in his commitment to the Horned Frogs, although the door has been left open to a few other options.

"I feel confident in my decision to go with TCU, but I'm not going to shut others out and not listen to what they have to say," he said. "It's still early in the process so I don't want to guarantee anything at this point."

Texas Tech has remained in contact with Hunt, most notably assistant coaches Chad Scott and Greg McElroy.

"I still talk to the coaches at Tech pretty often," Hunt said. "I talk to Coach Scott, who recruits our area. He's a cool guy and I like him a lot. I also talk with Coach McElroy there, and he's been great to talk to so far. He actually went to high school with my mother and they were pretty good friends, so there's a connection that way also. Both of them have been upfront with me about everything as I've gotten to know them."

So is there a chance for other programs to find their way into the lead for Hunt's services?

"I'll never say never," he said. "I committed to TCU for a reason, but I'm not going to act like others have just stopped recruiting me. I'm still getting attention from a lot of really interesting places, so I'm still listening to what they have to say."

In addition to TCU, Hunt currently holds offers from Houston, Rice, Stanford, Texas Tech, and Tulsa.

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