Stock Is Up

One of the quickest rising prospects out West is Los Angeles (Calif.) Verbum Dei athlete Reginald Dunn (5-9, 160), who only has one scholarship offer, but could certainly accumulate more in the coming months.

"Arizona offered me first," said Dunn. "I don't have any other ones yet, but Washington State came by to see us work out (Monday)."

While Dunn indicated the Cougar staff is showing a great deal of interest, he's also continuing to be courted by Colorado, San Diego State and UCLA.

"My top five is Arizona, UCLA, USC, California and LSU," said Dunn.

Dunn's parents are from Louisiana, and LSU was Dunn's childhood favorite. He would prefer, though, to stay as close to home as he can. "If I could play nearby, I'd like to so my family can come watch me play," Dunn said. "UCLA and USC are close by."

Despite a smallish frame, Dunn's biggest asset is his considerable speed, clocking a 4.35 at the recent Nike Camp, the fastest of the day, on a wet surface. He entered the camp as a talented defensive back, but after we watched him work with the receivers, you could tell he had a future on offense as a receiver.

But where does he prefer to play? Dunn said, "See, that's a tough question. Before the Nike Camp, Scout had me listed as a DB, but then I went there and did really well at receiver and now I think I might play there. I guess you can call me an athlete. Whatever I can play to help the team, I'll play. Corner, safety, running back or receiver, I just want to help out."

This weekend, Dunn will be one of many Verbum Dei prospects at the Combine, joining teammates Akeem Ayers, Curtis Wilson, Maxwell Lacy and Christian Brown-Frazier, among others.

"This may be my last one," said Dunn about attending camps and combines. "I'm not sure if I'm going to the Adidas camp at UCLA or the Stanford Nike Camp. I may go to Stanford to support Akeem and Maxwell. If I do, the Scout Combine is my last one."

Academically, Dunn said he is in fine shape and will take the SAT in the fall.

During his junior season, Dunn had 13 catches for 330 yards and four touchdowns, rushed for 324 yards and 4 touchdowns and had 47 tackles and three interceptions in 2005.

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