Dunlap: "The Trip Was Great"

This past weekend, NC State hosted some of the top 2004 football prospects. South Florida's John Dunlap was one of the players that visited Raleigh for the big recruiting blitz. StateFans caught up with John to discuss his trip and to get his thoughts following his return to Florida.

John Dunlap returned to Florida on Monday with a head full of good thoughts about the NC State Wolfpack. John was able to see all sides of NC State, including some of the people that make up the Wolfpack program, along with the academic and athletic support system that exists at NC State.

"The trip was great," he said. "I really enjoyed myself. Everybody was great. Everybody was fun. Everyone was really nice. There were like eleven other recruits there."

The weekend was full of highlights, but the academics were what impressed Dunlap the most.

"My big highlight was how they put academics first. They took me to meet people in my major. I want to major in Architecture and I was able to go in and look at their classes and stuff like that."

Dunlap also met some of the current players and was excited about the depth at linebacker position.

"I like the competition at my position. There are a lot of linebackers and I like to work myself. That will make you work for a spot."

John was on hand for the Wolfpack's annual football awards banquet. It left a favorable impression on him.

"That was nice. They awarded all the players and we ate. It was just real nice. Philip Rivers and Chuck Amato spoke. Rivers talked about how he was going to miss the players and he really didn't want to leave."

Dunlap was also able to have some one on one time with the coaches, including Chuck Amato.

"I met with all the coaches. I also spent time with Chuck Amato. He told me he liked me a lot. He said he liked me since I was a junior and that he didn't need to watch anymore film of me. He told me he really wanted me to be up there."

The Florida linebacker is scheduled to visit Virginia Tech this weekend. He also lists Miami and Florida in his top four.

His top four shouldn't expect a verbal anytime soon, because John intends to take all his visits before announcing his decision.

"I hope to make my decision by February 4th. Right now we are still playing football. We are in the State Championship this Friday."

For the second consecutive year the Chaminade-Madonna Prep Football Team will compete for the State Class 2A Championship on December 12th, 2003, at The Swamp in Gainesville. The Lions qualified for the game by defeating Immokalee High School 42-14 in the State Semifinal game on November 28th.

Chaminade-Madonna is currently undefeated with a record of 13-0. According to Dunlap, he has 400 yards in receiving with 9 touchdowns. On defense John has registered over 80 tackles.

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