Dunn impresses in East Lansing

The 2017 Grange Park (Ill.) Nazareth Academy defensive lineman was among the standouts on Wednesday in East Lansing. He talks the experience and what he gained from the camp -- as well as what coaches had to say to him.

When Michigan State held its offensive line/defensive line camp Wednesday, one of the players drawing the most attention was Devonte Dunn.

The 2017 defensive lineman from Grange Park (Ill.) Nazareth Academy spent time working against players two years his senior – something that gave him some nerves, but he came around.

"I had a lot of confidence in myself and the drills were great, the coaches were great and they helped me out a lot," he said. "Once I went through the one on ones, I was a little bit nervous, but once I got into the motion, I did really good."

The 6-foot-1, 260-pound Dunn spent time during and after the camp talking with a bunch of Michigan State coaches, including head coach Mark Dantonio.

"I talked to Coach (Ron) Burton a lot because he visited my school so we have a good relationship there," he said. "I also talked to the quarterbacks coach, Coach (Brad) Salem. He told me I did a really good job and Coach Dantonio, the head coach, he told me I did a really job, too. It was an honor talking to him."

Burton, who recruits Dunn's area, also told him to stay in touch moving forward. It was all in all a good experience for Dunn, who grew up watching MSU among his favorites teams.

"I'm a Buckeyes fan," he said. "I watch a lot of them, Oregon and a lot of Michigan State. Those are the top three colleges I watched growing up."

When he looks at the Spartans, one thing in particular comes to his attention: The defensive swagger.

"They have a lot of swagger and I love it," he said. "They have a lot of fun and they play hard and with intensity and they play with swagger out there."

Dunn also attended camp at Illinois this summer, as well as a couple skills camps. He has left the time feeling like he has gained a lot of experience.

"A lot of veterans, college players and coaches teaching me is a great honor and it's a great experience because they went through the same thing I'm going through right now," he said. "It's a really great pleasure that they are all teaching me."

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