Dunbar Bigger, Faster, Stronger

Glenbard West opened their season with an impressive win over Wheaton Warrenville South. A big part of their success was defensive end Ruben Dunbar.

Glenbard West has a rich tradition in producing stars in the trenches. The next in line is senior defensive end Ruben Dunbar. Dunbar, a senior, has been a staple on the Hilltoppers' line the last couple years, but this year he seems ready to be the man at West. He proved that he's ready for the responsibility with a big win on Saturday.

"It's always great to have the first win of the season" Dunbar said. "There's always a lot of stuff to learn from the first game of the season, but Wheaton is one of the best in the state."

Dunbar noted improvement for both his team and himself this offseason, and it showed in their home opener.

"we get off the ball a lot faster this year," he said about the Glenbard West defensive line. "For me, It's helped me a lot (working hard in the offseason). I put on about 20 pounds, but I've gotten even faster. It makes me a lot harder to stop. My pursuit has definitely gotten better. I'm learning to deal with double teams and down blocks."

Dunbar seems to have adjusted to his new position this year, taking over for Ohio State freshman Tommy Schutt on the strong-side of the line.

"It is a lot different because last year I played weakside and this year I'm strong-side," Dunbar said, " so I'm having to deal with a lot more double teams."

Dunbar loves making an impact on the game, but he also wants to make sure that their wins are a team effort, and hopes to see everyone get their reps in games.

"Really I'm looking forward to seeing our second string play a lot this year," he said laughing. "They help us a lot in practice, so hopefully we get them on the field."

Dunbar is pretty quiet when it comes to recruiting, but he has been working to narrow things down. With the fall coming up, he will most likely be looking to see a couple of his top schools.

"Right now I'm still working things out with my mom," he said. "But I want to get around to see some schools once I figure that out."

Two Big Ten schools are at the top of his list right now, and the gap may be closing between the two.

"Michigan State is my leader right now, but not by THAT much," he said. "Illinois is probably second."

Dunbar is a well-spoken athlete, so it's no surprise that academics will play a big role in his decision.

"They're like a family based team and they're a pretty good program," Dunbar said. "I just still need to look into academics. I'm undecided on my major yet, but academics will be a big factor."

Will the recent commitment of Demetrius Cooper affect his decision and Michigan State's status as his leader? Stay dialed in to FOXSportsNEXT to keep up with the latest on Dunbar.

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