If Ruben Dunbar knows where he's head to college, he's doing a good job of keeping it a secret. He's even leaving his head coach somewhat in the dark.
"He's a great kid but he's just going at his own pace," Glenbard West Coach Chad Hetlet said Thursday. "That's what I tell all the coaches (recruiting Dunbar)."
With the national signing period beginning on Feb. 6 (most prospects ink their documents on that day), Dunbar has not yet taken an official visit, according to Hetlet.
"I know he's going to North Carolina State coming up here in next week or so," Hetlet said. "I don't know of anything beyond that."
Scout.com ranks the 6-foot-3, 235-pound Dunbar as the 68th-best defensive end in the Class of 2013. The service pegs him as a three-star prospect on its five-star scale.
The recruiting clock is speeding up every year nationally as many schools are filling up their classes with verbal commitments by the summer before signing day. A lot of programs already are building groups that won't ink letters of intent until February of 2014. Dunbar is bucking the trend.
The Hawkeyes have held a long connection with Glenbard West. Alumnus Matt Bowen attended the suburban Chicago school as did current redshirt sophomore offensive guard Jordan Walsh.