South Florida DT Is No Secret Now

One of the best kept recruiting secrets to fans was defensive end/defensive tackle prospect Emmanuel Dunbar of Deerfield Beach (Fla.) The 6-foot-4 and 265 pound standout with 4.7 40 speed name wasn't mentioned early by recruiting services. However, big-time programs, including Oklahoma and Florida State were on him in a hurry.


"Florida State offered me back in the spring," Dunbar, who had three tackles and one sack in a playoff win, last week, said. "John Lilly and the position coach (Odell Haggins) are recruiting me for Florida State."

Emmanuel, who is being recruited for both defensive tackle and defensive end, will take an official visit to North Carolina State on December 5th. He also has plans to visit Oklahoma, Florida State, Virginia Tech and possibly Miami.

"I like all the Florida schools," he said. "Miami is close to home and they send a lot of players to the NFL. Florida is good place to be for defensive lineman. Their position coach is very good. Florida State is in the running for a National Championship every year. A bad year for them is three losses. They will always be in it."

The Noles have might have one built in advantage in their favor. His sister graduated from Florida State. Will that help the Seminoles?

"Not really," he said "My goal is to go to a school that gives me the best education possible. I want to major in Leadership Education."

What is Dunbar looking for in a football program?

"I want to take my visits and see how close the players and coaches are with one another," Dunbar said. "I want to check out all the cities and I want to see what school would be the best fit for my major."

Throughout the recruiting process two coaches have emerged as Dunbar's favorite.

"My two favorite coaches are Coach Willis of Boston College and Coach Lilly the recruiting coordinator at Florida State."

Dunbar compares his style of play to Tampa Bay Buccaneer All-Pro defensive tackle Warren Sapp.

"I'm somewhat like Sapp," he said. "I use my hands well and I can run pretty well for my size."

For the season, Dunbar is averaging eight tackles a game.

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