"Hectic" Time For Always Busy Football Prospect

One of Florida's top defensive line prospects has Auburn among his favorites heading into the homestretch of the recruiting season.

Deerfield Beach, Fla.--It's rare when you find a combination of size, speed and strength so good that a person can excel in football, basketball, volleyball and even run the hurdles in track, but that's exactly what college coaches see when they take a trip to check out big Emmanuel Dunbar at Deerfield Beach High School.

A 6-5, 275-pounder with 4.7 speed in the 40-yard dash and a desire to play the game at a high level, Dunbar is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after recruits in South Florida for the Class of 2004.

"It's pretty hectic right now," Dunbar tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I'm hearing from Miami, Florida State, Oklahoma, Virginia Tech, North Carolina State, Auburn and Minnesota.

Emmanuel Dunbar is a multi-sport standout.

"I made a visit to N.C. State last weekend. It was nice. I have an official visit for Minnesota this weekend. The weekend of the 16th (January) I have a visit to Auburn and the week after that is Virginia Tech and the week after that it's Florida State."

A busy person year-round, Dunbar got plenty of exposure to football in the offseason prior to his senior year. "I went to camps at Rutgers, Auburn, Florida, the Nike Camp (Miami), Miami Dolphins and the Miami Hurricanes."

Familiar with Auburn after his visit to the AU campus over the summer, Dunbar says that he's had a chance to become more acquainted with the Tigers in the last two months. With Auburn losing three starters up front and with seniors expecting to take big roles on next year's team, the opportunity for playing time is just one of the things that makes Auburn enticing to Dunbar.

"They were the first school for the head coach to come down and let me meet with the head coach (Tommy Tuberville)," Dunbar says. "That was pretty interesting and pretty good. The school is not that far away. It seems like a family oriented place and a nice school. It looks like they've built back a winning tradition."

A four-year starter in football that is being recruited as both an end and a tackle by college coaches, Dunbar was almost unstoppable this season as the Bucks raced out to a 13-1 record before losing to Edgewater High out of Orlando in the state playoff semi-finals. Despite teams knowing where he was at and trying to avoid him, Dunbar finished his senior year with 21 sacks and 112 tackles. The 21 sacks was just off the Florida state record for a high school player and Dunbar says rushing the passer is what he does the best on a football field. "I would describe my style as finesse and quickness," he notes.

In addition to his numerous talents on the football field, Dunbar also plays small forward for the basketball team and averages 18 points per game. He scored 21 points in Deerfield's last outing. Throw in a spot on the school's volleyball team along with running the hurdles and throwing the shot put and discus and you have a very busy young man on the athletic front.

"Every year I just do it for practice," Dunbar says of running the hurdles. "Last year I went to one event, but I don't know what my time was. I do it just to stay in shape. I kind of like volleyball, I have since middle school. I like to spike the ball. It's exciting."

Dunbar says he doesn't have a leader at the moment, but you can bet that some college is going to be very happy when he signs on the dotted line in February. Dunbar may be excited, too, because then he may have time to rest before two-a-days in August.


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