Junior DE One of SC's Best

Fort Dorchester defensive end Carlos Dunlap is projected as the top defensive end in South Carolina and the fourth overall player in Scout.com's South Carolina top 10. CUTigers.com caught up with Dunlap and head coach Laprad to get the latest on the blue-chip prospect.

Looking for next year's version of Ricky Sapp? How about Ft. Dorchester's Carlos Dunlap.

Dunlap is one of a large number of Division I-A prospects from South Carolina for the class of 2007. "He is a good one," notes Ft. Dorchester head coach Steve LaPrad. "6-6, 245 and runs a 4.6 forty. He is very, very talented. He is a great athlete. He is so young. He is only 16 years old so he is just coming into his own."

"His greatest attribute is his speed, especially to be so big. He reminds me of (Manny) Lawson from North Carolina State. He is tall, quick and rangy. He was just 15 at the beginning of the year. He is only going to get better."

The talented athlete will play both ways next year for the Patriots. "We will use him a little bit on offense next year. He will either play some receiver or tight end. He was the second leading scorer on our team this year and he played defensive end. He did play a little receiver," added LaPrad.

According to Dunlap, several schools have already moved in with an offer. "South Carolina and Georgia have offered. There is a rumor that Clemson has offered. I am trying to confirm that. I am also hearing from Tennessee and Maryland," stated Dunlap.

Coach Burton Burns is recruiting Dunlap for the Tigers.

When asked if he has any early favorites, Dunlap responded, "Everybody that offers right now is a favorite. I also really like the schools in Florida."

Dunlap also commented briefly on his strengths on the field. "My agility off the line is my strength. I use my speed. I also have enough strength to get by the line," he said. "This year I am working to get stronger and gain a little weight. I would like to gain 20 or 30 pounds."

College recruiters heading to North Charleston this season to watch Carlos will also see another outstanding player in rising junior Robert Quinn. "Robert plays linebacker. He is 6-4, 245 pounds. He is a hoss. He is only 15 years old," added LaPrad.

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