Dunn excited for future

Arizona commit Ryan Dunn has been playing close attention to the Wildcats this season. Read on for his thoughts on Arizona, his future as a Wildcat, and more.

The 2012 season has left a pretty good impression on the players committed to the Arizona Wildcats from the 2013 class. A three-win from the previous season combined with the youth on the roster have the prospects excited about the direction of the program.

Count Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley linebacker Ryan Dunn as one member of the incoming class enthused by what he has witnessed this season.

He fully believes that head coach Rich Rodriguez has the Wildcats heading in the right direction.

"I think Rich Rodriguez and the entire coaching staff are doing great things at Arizona," Dunn said.

As a linebacker, Dunn could have a chance to make an impact early in his college career if he comes in and acclimates himself quickly. He believes that the defensive scheme is a perfect fit for him and thinks he could fill in at various positions in defensive coordinator Jeff Casteel's system.

"I really like the 3-3-5 defense," Dunn said. "I see there being a lot of different positions I can play in the defense. It shows me I might have an opportunity to play faster with more slots to fit into. I am exciting to have more opportunity to get on the field."

It is no secret that Arizona struggled defensively for the majority of the season. There were multiple young players thrown into roles they probably weren't ready for and that, combined with injuries and depth concerns, caused numerous problems up and down the defensive unit.

Dunn believes he can come in and compete right away to help UA improve upon its defensive shortcomings.

"You never know until you get there and see the talent you are playing next to," Dunn said. "But I have a lot of confidence in what I am able to do on the football field and I think I will be able to put that to work and see if the coaches like me and feel that I fit in their defense at an early age."

In recent months, Dunn has spent the time getting to know the Arizona coaching staff. Ever since committing, his relationship with the staff has grown, especially with Assistant Head Coach / safties Coach Tony Gibson.

"I have actually talked to all the coaches a lot," Dunn said. "But Coach Gibson is my recruiter, so when they come out to my school and give me calls it's been Coach Gibson.

"I'm close with him. We talk about football all the time and talk about the games they play. He calls me and asks about my high school games and sees what's going on in my life. He's a really cool guy."

Arizona will play against Nevada in the New Mexico Bowl on December 15th and Dunn expects to be in front of the television for it. He originally planned on going, but was unable to when he found out the destination.

"I was trying to go to it," Dunn said. "I thought they were going to the Las Vegas Bowl, but they got the New Mexico Bowl, so I am not able to go down to it, but of course I will watch it."

There are still two more months to go until Signing Day and nothing is ever official until the player signs his letter of intent. However, don't expect any waffling from Dunn as he has no desire to go elsewhere.

"I am full committed to Arizona," Dunn said. "I know that's where I want to go."


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