With national signing day now officially in the rearview Michigan Wolverines has turned all it's recrutng attention to next year's class. The Wolverines already have five prospects committed for 2017 class, and the first that joined the fold was Bloomfield (Mich.) Brother Rice junior tight end Carter Dunaway. Despite growing interest from other programs this Michigan legacy remains firm in his pledge to the Maize & Blue.
“I have not recently talked with Michigan. I plan on getting in touch with them in a little bit,” Dunaway told The Michigan Insider. "I knew they were extremely busy with recruiting and national signing day. I talked to Coach Jay Harbaugh a little big ago, but that is about it.”
“I have received a lot of attention from Penn State, Michigan State, LSU, Notre Dame and Stanford. I also picked up an offer from Nebraska. Right now, nothing has changed with Michigan and me. It’s really nice to be recognized by these other schools, but it has not affected my relationship with Michigan.”
Last year Dunaway not only kept an eye on the Wolverines and their successful 10-3 season, he also paid close attention to the class they are bringing in for next season. It's a group he is extremely excited about.
“Sadly, I wasn’t able to attend (Michigan’s Signing of the Stars) event,” said Dunaway. “My dad was there, however, and he said it was awesome! I have met quite a few kids from the class throughout the games and other events like the barbecue. Sean McKeon and Ahmir Mitchell are just a few of the incoming class that I have talked with.”
“I think the 2016 class is really great! Couldn’t really imagine anything better and I really think we covered all aspects and positions.”
While the 2016 crop has earned a great deal of praise, Dunaway hopes to help his class be even more special.
“I think (the 2017 class) has great potential,” said Dunaway. “It is already starting off pretty strong and it’s still early. So many relationships are being built with other 2017 prospects. I can imagine it growing and I wouldn’t be surprised if it becomes better than 2016. I’ve talked and started to recruit to quite a few of the pipeline guys like Allen Stritzinger and Donovan Peoples-Jones. I’m going to try to put in some work with Dylan McCaffrey too.”
When not recruiting Dunaway's athletic focus is on taking his game to an even higher level.
"I’m working extremely hard this offseason,” said Dunaway. “I’m in a 7v7 league with Brighton legacy. I’ve been lifting on my own, with my team, and with a program known as 2SP. I have also been eating very healthy, cutting out most of my sugars from snack foods and soda. I’m now 6’6 1/2 and 233 pounds too.”