Recruiting Rewind: A Look Back at Brett Hundley's Recruitment from 2011

Edwin WeathersbyAnalyst IDecember 5, 2013

Recruiting Rewind: A Look Back at Brett Hundley's Recruitment from 2011

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    Brett Hundley is one of the top quarterbacks in the country, and the NFL is drooling over his outstanding physical tools. A star at UCLA, Hundley has a cannon for a right arm that can deliver accurate strikes to all levels of the field.

    He also has the mobility and running ability to hurt a defense with his legs. However, Hundley was once just another high school recruit with big dreams.

    Let's take a quick look at how he got to where he is now. 

Where He Was Ranked in High School

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    From Chandler High School in Arizona, Hundley wasn't always in consideration as the best quarterback in his class.

    Quarterbacks such as Jeff Driskel of Florida, Braxton Miller of Ohio State and Kiehl Frazier of Auburn were ranked ahead of Hundley, via the 247Sports composite rankings in 2011.

    That year, Hundley was 39th in the Scout 300, 69th in the 247Sports composite rankings, 72nd in the Rivals 250 and 107th in the ESPNU 150.

    He was generally listed either as 6'3" or 6'4", while weighing between 210 and 217 pounds.

    Hundley was chosen to play in the 2011 UnderArmour All-America Game. He had a 3.9 GPA and aspired to be a pre-med student, according to Allen Wallace of Scout.com (subscription required).

Schools Who Were in the Mix

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    Hundley was a wanted man on the recruiting trail with an impressive list of offers. However, in June 2010, he whittled his list to a final five.

    Arizona, Washington, UCLA, Texas A&M and Oregon would be the major players in the Brett Hundley sweepstakes, according to Jason Jewell of Scout.com (subscription required)

    According to Jewell, rumors swirled about Hundley's intentions. Oregon was confident, his father played at Arizona and there was speculation about a silent commitment to Washington.  

Significant Developments

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    On the same day he reported who the finalists were for Hundley, Jason Jewell of Scout.com (subscription required) was informed by the talented quarterback that Washington and UCLA were his top two schools.

    However, an SEC juggernaut tried hard to get in the race in July 2010.

    Indeed, according to Brandon Huffman of Scout.com (subscription required), LSU made a charge for Hundley.

    However, he maintained his focus on Washington and UCLA.

    With the Dawgs, head coach Steve Sarkisian and quarterbacks coach Doug Nussmeier were in charge of the pursuit of Hundley, but he told Allen Wallace of Scout.com (subscription required) in August 2010 that he knew he'd have to battle Nick Montana and Keith Price for playing time after Jake Locker left.  

    Meanwhile, head coach Rick Neuheisel and offensive coordinator Norm Chow were the main contacts for Hundley at UCLA. He told Huffman that he didn't mind the possible competition in Westwood, admired the academics and stated how he enjoyed the weather.

    Wallace also reported Hundley would be taking visits to both schools in August 2010.

Decision Time

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    At the end of August 2010, Hundley announced he would be making his announcement on September 6, per Jason Jewell of Scout.com (subscription required). 

    Hundley announced he had committed to UCLA, citing a feeling he had about the school in his heart, according to Jewell (subscription required).   

How He's Doing Today

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    Today, Hundley is listed by UCLA as 6'3" and 222 pounds. He is one of the best players in America, and will be a high pick in the NFL draft whenever he decides to leave Westwood.

    Hundley has been both spectacular and productive. He has thrown for 6,590 yards and 51 touchdowns, according to ESPN, in less than two complete seasons as the starting quarterback for the Bruins.

    Hundley took a methodical, but genuine and mature approach to his recruitment that helped him make a good decision. 

     

    Edwin Weathersby is the College Football Recruiting Analyst for Bleacher Report. He has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants and Cleveland Browns.