Another Local Commit for Knights

E.J. Dunston was UCF's 16th commit of the 2010 recruiting class. More importantly, the Edgewater H.S. standout was also the fifth commit from Central Florida, giving the Knights another taste of the local talent that surrounds the area. Dunston talks about UCF's recruiting efforts in Orlando, his commitment and more.

E.J. Dunston knew that there wasn't much room left in UCF's 2010 recruiting class. With 15 commits already for the Knights, the local Edgewater H.S. star decided that if he didn't become number 16 that he'd miss out on going to a school he loved.

"At first I didn't want to commit until after this season," said Dunston. "I knew that I would eventually go to UCF so I didn't want the coaches to back off and lose a scholarship because I wanted to go there."

Now that the decision has been made, the 6'2", 295 lb. defensive tackle is relieved.

"It feels great," Dunston said of his decision. "I like the school a lot. I went there for Junior Day and I attended a few games. I really like the environment there."

Dunston had an offer from FAU and was hearing frequently from Virginia and Duke before he decided to commit to the Knights. Now that he's pledged his allegiance to UCF, he represents more than just another commit in an already stacked class; he also represents the Knights' new dedication to intently going after the top talent in their backyard.

The 2010 recruiting class was comprised of four local stars, with Oviedo quarterback Blake Bortles, Mount Dora H.S. standouts Jordan Ozerities and Cornelius Whitehead, and Lake Mary defensive tackle Andrew Rice. Now you can add Dunston to the mix and he made it no secret that this influx of local talent helped push him to commit.

"UCF is doing a lot more local recruiting. There are a lot of good players in this area. You see what Quincy McDuffie is doing now, he ran the second fastest 400 in the nation last year. Mike Walker is a guy in the NFL now that went to my high school and to UCF. Me and Andrew (Rice) are pretty good friends now so I'm excited to play with him."

Last season, the Knights took two of Dunston's former teammates, Quincy McDuffie and Henry Wright. Wright is currently being redshirted and McDuffie is lighting it up for the Knights as a true freshman.

"I think it's good to have people you know at a new place. It's a brand new environment and they can show you around, can help you get around campus and show you what to expect at practice."

UCF fans should expect a pure run stuffer in Dunston. He described himself as a player who can either collapse the pocket during the pass or can hold up linemen during the run but he defined himself as a better run stopper and at 295 lbs., it's easy to see why. Being a productive player from an elite area high school, Dunston knows that expectations will be high of him from the beginning and he hopes he can make an immediate impact.

"I hope I can. I will work hard and if I have the ability I can get an early head start and play."

That's exactly what the Knights are hoping for.

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