Indy DE Derrick Dunlap Commits

Lawrence Central (Ind.) defensive end Derrick Dunlap committed to Eastern Michigan on Wednesday. Dunlap is the 13th player to commit to EMU's 2013 class. Please read the full commitment story below.

They say great things come in pairs.

That's exactly the case with Lawrence Central (Ind.) defensive end Derrick Dunlap, who committed to Eastern Michigan on Wednesday.

After all, his high school teammate and cousin, Deshai Powell, committed to Eastern last month, and now Dunlap has agreed to follow suit.

"I committed, because I went on an official visit and I like the school," Dunlap said. "I like the atmosphere, everybody is supporting the team, and everything Eastern Michigan stands for."

At 6-foot-2, 240-pounds, Dunlap helped guide the Bears to the Indiana 5A State Championship this past season. He finished with seven sacks and 41 total tackles in his senior campaign. He was named: All Indiana Conference, All-County, and All-State Honorable Mention to cap off his high school career.

A onetime Western Michigan commit (with Powell), Dunlap switch his commitment after the firing of Broncos coach Bill Cubit in late November.

With his recruitment re-opened, Dunlap took an official visit to Ypsilanti, Mich., last month and knew he wanted to be an Eagle after his visit.

"Coach (Ron) English, he's turning the program around," Dunlap said. "I like the freshman they recruited last year. I got to meet them. I stayed with them a couple days. I like what they were about. They are all about winning. They all bought in."

Along with Powell, Dunlap said he like the idea of playing with fellow Indianapolis native Dwayne Brown at EMU

"We all played each other (in high school)," Dunlap said. "We played with each other and played against each other. It's kind of fun having some guys who are form where I am from committed there too."

With his commitment now in the fold, Dunlap says his next step is getting ready for his freshman season at EMU.

"Just learning how they play and getting a feel what I need to do as far as my position. (I want to) learn new things and get settled into my college life. I know it's going to be different with how fast the game moves and everything," Dunlap said.

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