In Ann Arbor for Michigan’s barbecue Sunday, 2015 Brother Rice (Mich.) defensive end Jack Dunaway enjoyed a fun time bonding with current teammates Grant Perry, Alex Malzone and the Wolverines’ coaching staff.
“It was fantastic,” Dunaway said. “Grant’s actually my best friend so it was good to kind of be with him. Alex was doing kind of more recruiting wise so we didn’t see as much of him.
“But I was hanging out with Grant a lot and the weekend was incredible, the coaching staff is absolutely amazing. I’ve been mainly talking with Coach Mattison and he’s been amazing through the whole process so, it was absolutely a great day.”
Standing 6-foot-2, 223-pounds heading into a big senior season, Michigan sees Dunaway as a speed rushing defensive end with the idea he would add significant weight at the next level.
Currently without any division one scholarship offers, Dunaway says Michigan has offered a preferred walk-on spot, one the Wolverines remain committed to moving forward.
“The whole process goes really back to last December when Coach Mattison talked to me,” Dunaway said. “The whole year he’s been telling me this is a really small class for them you know 15, 14 guys and they’re only going to take one defensive end; that’s their plan.
“And they want that to be a bigger, strong side guy so it looks like a Darian Roseboro or somebody of that nature.
“So, for me it’s a preferred walk-on, they’ve offered me a preferred walk-on and Coach Mattison basically put it out like this that at this point it’s up to you, do you trust me that if you make an impact we’ll give you a scholarship. They’ve made that evident and I absolutely trust them and in the past that’s what they’ve done.”
Holding offers from Davidson, Saginaw Valley State, Notre Dame College, Cornell, and Harvard, Dunaway is also receiving walk-on interest from Stanford and Notre Dame.
Michigan’s defensive coordinator is telling Dunaway to simply enjoy the process and see what happens.
“He said, for your senior year just have fun, you have us, don’t worry about us,” Dunaway said. “He said just get whatever else you can so what’s best for you but just know you have a preferred walk-on for Michigan.”
With camp just over a week away, Dunaway doesn’t have a plan in place as far as a decision is concerned on his future but Ann Arbor remains a distinct option regardless of what scholarships roll in.
“My whole thing going into the summer was I kept my camps really low,” Dunaway said. “I went to Michigan’s, I went to Cornell’s and that was it cause my main focus this year was getting ready for the season and for me hopefully a division one offer comes by and absolutely I would definitely take that into consideration.
“But I’m really lucky to have a great family that, my parents do pretty well financially and they said they’d support me if I chose to go to Michigan they’d pay for school over maybe a smaller MAC school for free.
“And so, maybe if a Ball State came down and offered me a scholarship I would take a visit there and give it a look and weigh all my options out and make the best decision for me and my family.”
While Dunaway has yet to get to Muncie to check out Ball State, that remains a program he’ll keep in close contact with this fall.
“That’s the one MAC school I’ve been in touch with the most,” Dunaway said. “They’ve been trying to get me down for a visit but it’s been hard to link up the times.
“I was free this weekend but they were out but they’ve been really interested getting me down to visit campus and I’d love to check out what’s going on and I have a former teammate playing down there.”