Early FSU Commitment Discusses Visit to Auburn

Matt Dunham from Pacelli High in Columbus was at Auburn this weekend to check out the Tigers.

Columbus, Ga.--Matt Dunham, a very early verbal commitment to Florida State, laughs when he says he faced a double-team all weekend from a pair of Georgia prep stars who are already committed to Auburn.

The Pacelli High running back is friends and a teammate with Auburn's first verbal commitment, offensive lineman Michael Harness, as well as linebacker Tray Blackmon, from who lives not from far Columbus in LaGrange, Ga.

Blackmon, who is also committed to Auburn, was on campus for an official visit along with Harness and Dunham.

"We are working on Matt," Blackmon tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "He is a good player and we would like him to join us at Auburn."

Harness agrees and says, "I have been trying to recruit Matt for Auburn for a while now."

Dunham, who committed to Florida State early last year, jokes, "Those guys are putting the pressure on me." However, the running back notes he doesn't mind. "They are good guys."

Matt Dunham

Dunham says more than just those two prep stars have helped convince him to give the Tigers a serious look in the recruiting process. "The visit went great," he says. "The players are great and the coaches and everybody showed me a good time."

"I hung out with the players and asked them what is great about Auburn and about the ups and the downs. Auburn is looking pretty nice right now, but I have a visit lined up for Florida State next week and I am going to make a decision after that."

Dunham got a chance to impress the Auburn coaches last summer at a team passing camp. He put on a good show of running and catching.

Pacelli was a small school powerhouse team last season and his play at tailback was one of the big reasons. "I have my own style of running," he says. "I have a little bit of everything in me--power, speed and quickness. You never know what is going to come from me."

Dunham says he likes the way Auburn uses its running backs. This past season, senior Ronnie Brown was a featured part of the offense as a receiver as well as runner. "I like the way they split the running backs out there at wide receiver and throw the ball to them from time to time." He notes that the coaches at Auburn mentioned that he is a guy they would like to use like Brown was used in 2004 in Coach Al Borges' offensive system.

The Pacelli High standout gave high marks to his player host, running back Carl Stewart. "He is a real cool guy," Dunham says. "I had a lot of fun with him. We hung out at our players' houses. I got to know a lot of the players. It was great."

Dunham notes the academic part of the visit was a plus, too. "That went great," he says. "They answered all of the questions I had coming up here. I am leaving with no questions." Dunham is undecided on what he wants to major in as a college student.

The running back says he gives the overall visit to Auburn high marks. "If not a nine it was a 10."


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