Dunn Busy Camping for Offers

Adrien Dunn has had a busy summer making camp appearances in hopes of earning offers.

Adrien Dunn at 5-foot-8 and 160 pounds is considered to be on the smaller side in the world of football, but the athlete from Central, S.C. has been busy this summer, already traveling to 12 camps with hopes that his performance would overshadow his size and impress colleges enough to offer him, according to Dunn.

Dunn said that he is very close with Andre Powell, an assistant coach at Maryland and the special teams coordinator. Powell also oversees the running backs at Maryland. Dunn called Powell a “really good friend to my family,” and said that the two have been in touch.

Dunn is being recruited as a slot receiver, a position he has not had a lot of experience playing in high school at D.W. Daniel, as his team ran an offense that was almost entirely based on the ground game.

“We actually just ran the ball the last two years I played varsity,” Dunn said. “We just ran the ball. I went in some times at slot receiver and I got some catches, maybe three or four, just because we've never thrown the ball. But this year since I've been recruited so much as a slot receiver, we're changing it up a little bit and we're putting a lot more throwing game in our offense which should help us.”

This off-season, when Dunn isn't camping for offers, he's working on getting bigger. He said that the Terps wanted him to be able to run a 4.4 40-yard dash time, but now that he has reached that mark, the biggest priority for him to increase his size.

“I don't have great size,” Dunn said. “The only thing that's still my problem is that I'm not the tallest and I'm not the biggest so I've got to still work on that.”

Dunn said that despite his smaller stature, he is well-coached and a good teammate, playing whatever position his team needs him to play.

“I'm well-coached, a good teammate, got great work ethic and a hard-nosed football player,” said Dunn. “Not the biggest. Just strong-willed.”

Another strength of Dunn's is his route-running and his footwork, which he credited with helping him as a pass catcher. He admitted that he still needs to work on looking the ball in on easier catches thrown his direction.

“I have really crisp routes, really good routes and I'm really good with my footwork,” Dunn said. “I got quick feet, nice agility. My routes are usually what get me open. I'm usually open enough where that even if I couldn't catch it, I have all day to catch it.”

Dunn said that academics are his top priority when choosing the right program. Another factor that Dunn is looking for is the distance from home, which he would like to keep to a minimum.

“Throughout this process of driving back and forth from all these camps and things, you kind of think more and more about these little things,” said Dunn. “I got three little brothers and sisters that are four and five years old and it's hard to get them to go everywhere. I definitely want to stay somewhere close to home, but if someone asks me to come play football, I don't really care about it just to be honest. But if we could keep it close, that would be a great help. I just want to have a nice campus, a nice school that's not too far away like in Oregon or something crazy. But other than that, I'm satisfied with anything.”

Dunn has received his first offer after attending Clemson's camp, where they offered him a spot as a walk-on redshirt. He has also visited the Citadel, Furman, South Carolina and Vanderbilt among many others.

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