Dunker: Offers On Overload

Literally overnight, Jessamen Dunker became one of the most sought-after players in the 2012 class.

Shortly after sending out his highlight tape to schools last week, the offers came flooding in.

"Honestly, I've lost count," Dunker said. "Last Thursday is when the attention started picking up."

The attention colleges began paying Dunker did more than, "pick up." In less than 48 hours, he received more than a dozen offers. "Eastern Carolina, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Georgia, Florida Atlantic, UCF, South Florida, South Carolina, LSU," Dunker rattled off. "Honestly, I can't even remember all the schools that offered me. I'll have to get my list for you."

Dunker's frame—6-foot-6, 320-pounds—and potential to play on either side of the ball at the next level already had the Boynton Beach (Fla.) Community High School product on school's short list. His highlight tape pushed his status to bona-fide 2012 target.

"Yeah, this has been very overwhelming," he said. "I didn't suspect that I was going to blow up this soon."

Most schools have offered Dunker as an offensive tackle, but he could play on either side of the ball. He has no preference at this time.

"I feel that I'm not a normal offensive lineman," Dunker said. "I'm very athletic and very explosive. I play on both sides of the ball, and I don't care where I line up in college. I just care about getting wins."

Dunker is already scheduling visits. He will travel to Florida this weekend for the Gators' junior day.

"I talked to (Florida head) coach (Will) Muschamp (Wednesday)," Dunker said. "He told me he was very excited to get me up there to meet the coaches and see everything."

Dunker also plans to visit Miami on Feb. 20.

"I'm just looking for a bond and the relationship between the coaches and teammates," he said. "I just want to feel comfortable and looking at the atmosphere and how the fans support the team."

With still a long way to go before he plans to make any decisions, Dunker admits this past week has been special.

"I'm honored about it," he said. "I'm honored by the fact that schools are looking at me as a top prospect in the class of 2012. That tells me I need to work harder and keep getting better. This is only the beginning."

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