Dunkley Impresses Big Time Programs

One of the premiere receivers in the state of Florida for the class of 2010 is Chris Dunkley (5-10/170) of Royal Palm Beach. Dunkley is a speedy receiver that has the ability to really make people miss and is one of the biggest names among south Florida recruits. Fightin' Gators caught up with Dunkley at the Under Armour All-American Game practices and talked to him about his early recruitment.

Dunkley is just like a lot of south Florida prospects, they tend to hang out with each other. On the first day of practices, Dunkley rode up to Orlando just to watch one of his better friends.

"I am out here watching Nu'keese," Dunkley said of hie friend Nu'Keese Richardson, a Florida commitment from Pahokee. "That's my boy. We hang out a lot. I know him through football and we just built a relationship."

Dunkley enjoyed watching the competition between all the talent in Orlando and believes that he can share in the fun a year from now.

"It's nice and everyone works hard just for this moment," Dunkley said of all the talent on hand. "I can see myself out here in a year."

On the defensive side, Dunkley was impressed with one of the more hot names on the recruiting circuit right now. During the week, Valdosta (GA) Lowndes County cornerback Greg Reid decommitted from the Florida Gators. Since that, he may be the most talked about prospect in the 2009 class.

We asked who Dunkley was most impressed with on the defensive side of the ball.

"I want to go with Greg Reid," he said. "I met up with him before in Gainesville. He's fast. He needs to be more physical, but that's going to come. A lot of people knock him because of his size, but he is great in coverage because of his speed."

At this early stage of recruitment there are really five teams that stand out for Dunkley. He certainly seems to be looking at more of the spread offenses in major college football.

"I am looking at UGA, Florida, Florida State, West Virginia, and Michigan," he said before talking a little bit about each.

West Virginia: "Doc (Holliday) is on me. I went up there last summer. It was nice and real friendly."

Georgia: "I can do well in their system and they need receivers. I know they throw the ball a lot and they have A.J. Green, a good receiver."

Florida: "They run the spread and every receiver wants to play in the spread offense. Coach (Billy) Gonzales is all over me too. He is not just a coach, but a good friend. You can talk to him, you don't always have to be serious when you are around him."

Michigan: "Coach Rodriguez is recruiting me. He is going to come down and check me out. They just got on me. They already offered."

Florida State: "They offered me too...Coach Bowden, Coach Fisher, and Coach Carter. They tell me I can be a great receiver in the program. I don't know anyone there, and haven't been to any games there."

As a junior, Dunkley already has a very impressive offer list. His academics are in order as he has a 2.9 core GPA to go along with a qualifying test score. Dunkley however, is not satisfied with either.

"I have offers from Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Michigan, Vanderbilt, and Boston College," he said. "I got a 16 on the ACT the first time I took the test. That's good enough, but I want to do better."

The future lawyer also shared something that most people don't know about him. It turns out that his mother is very important to him and he is not afraid to share that information and talk about it publicly.

"I am a huge momma's boy," Dunkley said. "She does a lot for me. She will play a big part in where I want to go to college. If she has a gut feeling that I might not do good somewhere, I will take that into consideration.

"Last summer I went to a bunch of camps (Florida, Florida State, West Virginia, Georgia, and South Florida ) and they weren't cheap. She put a lot on the line for me to go to those camps. It paid off because I have all these offers now as a junior."

The only thing that Dunkley said a school must have in order to gain his signature on the dotted line, is a good quarterback. As far as who and when he will make a decision? "I am open and I don't have a plan for when to commit," he said.

Chris Dunkley was a star at the University of Florida's nationally renowned camp, Friday Night Lights, in the summer of 2008. He is a true weapon on offense that the major programs in the southeast are already all over. In short time, the rest of the country will probably follow.

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