I've been trying to tell people since I first saw him in person back in May how good Tampa Chamberlain defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley is. And in late December, he came away with his third offer from Florida's Big 3.
"Miami came through with an offer," he said. "Coach Werner called me right around Christmas time and asked me if I'd like a scholarship offer. I was like 'definitely' and he said I have one to come to the University of Miami. It was very exciting."
At 6-foot-2 and 260 pounds, Bunkley received offers from Florida State and Florida earlier in the month of December.
"It's mainly those three," he said. "I haven't totally ruled out Georgia and Alabama and Michigan State, but I'm most likely going to stay inside the state of Florida. There are trhee great programs right here and I would love to be a part of any of them."
Bunkley will have a much better idea at the end of the month, as he's got visits scheduled with all three this month.
"I am going to Florida State on January 11, Florida on January 18, then Miami on January 25," he said. "Florida State is probably No. 1, but I have nothing to really base that off of. I'm going to take my visits with everyone even, then make a decision on signing day."
Bunkley said the coaching change at Florida will not affect his decision at all.
"I know Coach Spurrier left Florida," he said. "But that won't matter to me. I was once told that great players make great coaches, and I plan on being a great player at the next level, so it doesn't matter who I play for. I just want to have fun and win."
Bunkley said he came away very impressed with the Rose Bowl performance by the Hurricanes.
"Miami slaughtered Nebraska," he said. "Miami even let up after it was 34-0. That game could have gotten really ugly. They're a great team with great tradition. I was watching how their defense played and how their coaches acted on the sidelines and I came away very impressed with both."
Bunkley said he plans on definitely taking all three visits before making a final decision.
"Florida State really needs defensive linemen and I think I can play there as a freshman," he said. "I might not be able to play as a freshman at Miami, but I know they have seven junior defensive linemen, so there's definitely going to be an opportnity to play early."
Personally, this is a kid I have been very high on all season. Anyone who has followed this board all year understands what I am saying. He's got big time written all over him and I truly think we have a great chance. In fact, I really like our chances even more since we're getting his last visit. It may sound surprising, but I would actually be surprised if Bunkley ended up in Gainesville or Tallahassee. Come Feb 6, I truly believe Bunkley will be a Hurricane.
Brodrick Bunkley Interview
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