Tall Tackle Looking At Tigers

Auburn is in the mix with a tall two-way high school football standout.

Brentwood, Tenn.--The recent trend in Auburn football has been to sign bigger and bigger offensive tackles.

One of the players that Auburn is actively recruiting for the offensive front certainly fits that description. King Dunlap, Jr., a 6-7, 275-pounder from Brentwood Academy is an interesting prospect at a school known as one of the top high school powers in the Southeast.

A two-way player, Dunlap's team is preparing for a second round state playoff game this week after having a bye in the opening round following an 8-2 season.

"It has been a pretty good year for our team," Dunlap tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I am playing left offensive tackle and and right tackle in a 50 defense."

With 5.1 speed in the 40 and a 295-pound bench press, Dunlap is attracting the attention of college recruiters even though he did not hit the combine or summer camp circuit. "I just stayed home and worked out, but I am not sure that was such a good idea," he says.

With good grades, a qualifying ACT score and good bloodlines, he is an interesting prospect. His father, King Dunlap, Sr., was a star at Tennessee State University in Nashville who played in the National Football League for the Colts and Rams before having his pro career cut short by a back injury. "I was told that he was a really good player," the Brentwood Academy senior says. "He told me that he needed to have back surgery if was going to try to play some more and at that time back surgery was not a very good thing."

Dunlap earned All-State honors as a junior. He has early scholarship offers from Auburn, Georgia Tech, Memphis and his father's alma mater, Tennessee State. Dunlap says his dad would probably enjoy seeing him go to Tennessee State, however, Auburn and other colleges are definitely in the picture. "Coach (Phillip) Lolley and Coach (Hugh) Nall came by our school last Friday and they saw me working out in the weight room," Dunlap says. "I know they are recruiting me and I am interested in Auburn." The other SEC school that he mentions as one he likes is Tennessee, which has also been recruiting him.

The Tigers already have a commitment from one Brentwood Academy player--field goal kicker John Vaughn. The Tigers are also recruiting Brentwood Academy punter Kody Bliss, a 5-10, 170 pounder. Bliss is expected to visit Auburn this weekend to check out the Georgia at Auburn game.

Dunlap, who also plays basketball at Brentwood Academy, says he is currently a better run blocker than a pass blocker, which is normal for a high school lineman. Defensively, he says that he has improved a great deal since the start of the season, but notes that he believes he has more potential on the college level as an offensive player.

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