Dunn to Appear at Maryland Camp

Physical CB Alonte Dunn is ready for a busy summer schedule including a camp at Maryland.

Alonte Dunn, the 6-foot-1, 170-pound cornerback from Pomfret, Md., is getting ready for a busy summer schedule full of camps and college visits, including a trip to camp at College Park where he will work out for the Maryland Terrapins.

Dunn has not been to a football game at College Park, where his cousin, Zach Kerr, played defensive tackle for the Terps from 2009 to 2011 before transferring to Delaware. He has visited the campus before and has spoken with the Terrapin coaches, whom he feel have good relationships with current players.

Dunn said that he likes the actual campus and that it has “a good feel.” He also listed the strong academics that Maryland has to offer as being the most important thing that he is considering in deciding where he will sign.

“First, I'm looking for academics, of course,” Dunn said about what he values in a program. “Second, I'm looking at how the coaches interact with their players, like the relationship between them. I have to feel comfortable. I want to feel involved. Third, the campus lifestyle. I don't really like a big campus, but I like a campus where my classes are surrounded around me so it's easy to find.”

The 3-4 defense that Dunn played in at Maurice J. McDonough High is different than the 4-3 base defense that the Terps ran in 2011, but he said that he is comfortable playing anywhere on the field. Dunn had 62 tackles, one interception and two knockdowns in his junior season with the Rams.

“The off-season's going really well,” said Dunn. “I'm getting a lot of work done. I feel like I need to get stronger before I can get better. I've been working on my speed and my off-coverage, playing off a wide receiver.”

If Dunn ends up committing to Maryland, the Terps will gain a hard-hitting addition to their secondary, which looked passive at times during last year's 2-10 season.

“I think my greatest strength is being physical,” Dunn said. “Just being a physical corner on the line, coming up and making tackles, not scared to go up against a big person.”

Dunn says that while he does not necessarily pattern his game after any player at the college or professional level, he does enjoy watching different defensive backs play and tries to learn from them.

“I watch Darrelle Revis to learn a lot of stuff,” Dunn said. “I watch how he moves his feet off the line and how he shadows the wide receiver. I watched Sean Taylor too. I watched his games and saw how physical he was and how he ran through the tackles. He was one of my favorite players.”

Dunn only has one offer so far from Howard University, but expects to pick up more after attending camps. He has already made appearances at some camps, including those at Delaware, Villanova and Youngstown State. He says that he doesn't have a favorite at the moment, but will narrow down his choices as he gets more offers.

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