Two-Way Athlete Planning To Visit Tigers

This bluechip athlete picked a college very early, but has decided to take a look at the Auburn football Tigers.

Columbus, Ga.--Matt Dunham, a two-way standout for Pacelli High School at running back and safety, has been committed to Florida State since late spring. However, the talented athlete says he is planning on taking an official visit to Auburn along with his previously scheduled trip to Tallahassee.

"It is close to home and I wanted to at least take an official visit since I have been heavily recruited by Auburn and Florida State," he says about his two official visits that will be in January. "So, I thought, I owed it to myself to give them a chance."

The 6-2, 221-pounder notes that he has been watching with interest the Tigers' 12-0 run through the regular season. "It impressed me a lot," he says. "I knew they were going to come out of the gate and play everybody, but I didn't know it was going to be like that, like as hard as they have been beating people and everything. They are the big dogs on top right now."

He also says that his relationship with his teammate and current Auburn verbal commitment Michael Harness is another reason that he is planning on taking an official visit to the Plains. "Yeah, he has been pushing me to come and take a visit with him so I was like all right I will go ahead and take one with him," he explains. "We are real close homeboys and stuff. We hang out all the time and he has been trying to pressure me to go on in there."

Matt Dunham was a standout at an Auburn summer football camp earlier this year.

The Pacelli standout adds that he enjoys speaking with Auburn's offensive line coach Hugh Nall, who is his recruiting coach. "He is a down to earth guy," Dunham says of Nall. "He seems pretty straight forward and everything. Everything he is telling me is kind of convincing and everything and he is a well-spoken guy."

Dunham, who adds that Auburn and Florida State are the only colleges he is planning to visit, has been racking up lots of rushing yards and touchdowns over the last four seasons, including the Georgia State career touchdown record. "I had like 1,600 yards," Dunham explains about his rushing total as a senior. "I finished with 111 touchdowns and I don't know what I had on defense."

The two-way player says that he does not have a preference for whether he plays tailback or safety on the college level. "I am just going to look around and whenever I get to the college that I am going to I am just going to play whatever they want me to play," he explains.

Even with the football season finished, the multi-talented athlete says that is still going to have plenty of activities to keep him busy throughout the winter and spring. "I am in the process of playing basketball right now and I am playing baseball," he notes. "I am playing forward in basketball. I think I'm scoring, maybe, in double digits.

"I play right field and pitcher in baseball," he adds. "They didn't tell me my batting average, but I think I had the highest on the team last year."

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