LB Now Has UM Offer

As a junior last season, Hollywood (Fla.) Chaminade standout wide receiver/linebacker John Dunlap saw two of his teammates sign football scholarships with the University of Miami.

"When Glenn (Cook) and Jon (Beason) got offered and signed with Miami I thought it was great," Dunlap said. "They were two big reasons why we made it to the state title game last year. Now we're trying to get back this year."

Dunlap and teammate Octavius Darby are the top prospects for this year's team and both are having excellent seasons.

In helping his team to a 7-0 record, Dunlap has 16 receptions for 223 yards and four touchdowns as a receiver. Defensively, he has 44 tackles and four sacks. Darby has 12 catches for 169 yards and one score.

"We're not quite as good as last year because of experience or whatever but we're having a great year because we're all working hard for the same goal and that's to get back to the state title game and win it."

Dunlap, who took the SAT on Saturday, has emerged as one of the best linebackers in south Florida.

"I'm having fun playing defense," he said. "It's different. I get to run around, hit people, and make plays. I'm kinda following up on what Glenn did. Most schools are telling me I'll play linebacker but I tell them all it doesn't matter to me. Whatever I can do to help, that's what I'll do."

Dunlap has scholarship offers from a number of major programs, including all five of his favorites.

"Miami just offered me about two weeks ago," he said. "They (Coach Stoops) came out to my practice and watched me. Then the next day he called my coach and told him that I have a scholarship offer. I talk to him on a regular basis."

At 6-2 and 214 pounds, Dunlap said he has excited to get an offer from the Hurricanes, since the other four had already offered.

"I really haven't thought a whole lot about the recruiting stuff yet," he said. "I'm a lot more focused on winning a state championship. My visits will probably go to Miami, Florida, Florida State, North Carolina State, and Virginia Tech. My visits will probably be after the season."

Dunlap, who is being recruited to play linebacker at Miami, would like to take one of his visits to Blacksburg in two weeks.

"Man, that's gonna be the game right there," he said of the Canes/Hokies showdown on Nov. 1. "We play on Friday night so I don't know if I'll make it. I'm gonna talk to my head coach but I'd love to be at that game."

Dunlap, who also competes in basketball and track, has been to one game already this season.

"I went to the Miami/Florida game," he said. "That was crazy. Florida played better than people thought they would. They had Miami down for a minute but you knew Miami wasn't gonna go out like that."

The talented linebacker said he isn't in position to name a favorite at this point.

"It's hard to say because I know more about the schools here (Miami and Florida)," he said. "I liked it at Florida during the summer. Miami, they have a great program and my homeboys are out there (Beason and Cook). They were at our game last Friday. I wanna take my visits so who knows. Florida and Miami are pretty tight, though."

We'll have a report on Darby within the next few days.

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