Big Lineman Is AU's 12th Football Commitment

Tommy Tuberville's staff has picked up another football verbal commitment from a high school senior.

Brentwood, Tenn.--Auburn has picked up its 12th public verbal football commitment, its third from a single school and its first from an offensive lineman.

King Dunlap, Jr., a 6-7, 275-pound offensive tackle from Brentwood Academy, plans to sign with Auburn on Feb. 5th, says his father, King Dunlap, Sr. "He told coach (Phillip) Lolley that he is going to play for Auburn." Lolley, who coaches defensive backs for the Tigers, recruits the Nashville area.

With Auburn expected to sign just three offensive linemen this year, the Tiger coaching staff must have a high opinion of the lineman's college potential. Dunlap is one of three finalists for the Tennessee Mr. Football Awards as the top lineman in Division II, Class AAA. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Monday at the Opryland Hotel.

Dunlap played left offensive tackle and right tackle on defense for Brentwood Academy. With 5.1 speed in the 40 and a 295-pound bench press, Dunlap has been attracting the attention of college recruiters since his junior season. He picked the Tigers over Georgia Tech and others.

His father, King Dunlap, Sr., was a star player at Tennessee State University in Nashville who played for the Baltimore Colts (1969-70) and Los Angeles Rams (1971) in the National Football League before retiring. "I had already had one back surgery and needed another one to keep playing, but I decided it was better that I leave the game and retire while I was still ahead," the prospect's father says.

Dunlap, who also plays basketball for Brentwood Academy, earned All-State honors as a junior. He says that he has a qualifying ACT score and his grade point average is in the 3.0 range. He says he has not decided what he wants to major in as a college student. Dunlap says he bench presses 295 pounds and runs a 5.1 40-yard dash.

The Tigers already have two commitments from Brentwood Academy players--field goal kicker John Vaughn and punter/kickoff man Kody Bliss. Two current Tigers, linebacker Jake Slaughter and offensive tackle Taylor Bourgeois, played their high school football at Brentwood Academy, which is traditionally features one of the top high school football teams in the Southeast. Bourgeois was a starter this year at Auburn as a redshirt freshman before shoulder surgery ended his season prematurely. Slaughter saw action at both fullback and linebacker.

Auburn's other commitments are from: 6-3, 250, defensive end Tony McClain from Coffeyville, Kan., Community College; 6-1, 170 kicker John Vaughn from Brentwood, Tenn., Academy; 5-11, 170 punter Kody Bliss from Brentwood, Tenn., Academy; 6-5, 230 tight end Cole Bennett from Dalton, Ga., High; 5-10, 165 wide receiver Bruce Edwards from Columbus, Miss., High; 6-4 1/2, 257 tailback Brandon Jacobs from Coffeyville, Kan., Community College; 6-4, 225 defensive end Viciente DeLoach from Columbus, Miss., High; 6-4, 225 defensive end Lloyd Blevins from Wenonah High, Birmingham; 6-2, 205 running back Carl Stewart from Maryville, Tenn., High; 6-1, 218 running back Jason Jude from Athens, Ala., High and 6-1, 289 defensive lineman Josh Thompson from Statesboro, Ga., High.

Tiger Ticket Extra: John Vaughn and Kody Bliss are two of the three finalists for the Tennessee Mr. Football kicker of the year award, which is presented to the top field goal kicker or punter in the state regardless of classification.

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