UNC Football Class of 2016 Signee: DT Marlon Dunlap

Inside Carolina takes a closer look at the Tar Heel signee.

BIO: Member of North Carolina’s Shrine Bowl team • Four-year starter on defense • PrepStar All-Atlantic Region • As a junior, had 70 tackles, 19 for a loss and eight sacks • Made first-team all-conference in the MECKA 4A, arguably North Carolina’s toughest conference • Averaging four tackles and facing near-constant double teams


RECRUITMENT: If not for a less than ideal academic situation, Dunlap’s scholarship offer count would have been much greater. Gunter Brewer, who recruits Charlotte for UNC, recognized early on that Dunlap could dig himself out of the academic hole with guidance from college advisors. By the summer of his senior year, mission accomplished. A cleaner transcript attracted offers from Louisville, Tennessee, and West Virginia. But, UNC had already built an insurmountable lead. As such, he committed in October.

WHY CAROLINA: "The coaches are great. The love me – and not just as a football player; they want to see me succeed in life. And that’s all you can ask for from anybody. I have a great relationship with Coach Brew. Coach Brew is a great coach. It’s just like I’ve known the man all my life and I haven’t even been coached by him yet. But as a person, he’s a great person. They’re great people down there. They don’t talk to me just as a recruit. They talk to me as a person and as a kid. And they try to help me do all that I need to do. And I love that about them. There’s no other college that has done that for me.”

EVALUATION: Dunlap is a raw defensive tackle whose pass rush nearly equals his proficiency against the run. He moves well for his size, but most of his production will be generated from his power and strong hands. Due to his size and natural strength, he’s gotten by with an unrefined technique – a product of constant turnover on his high school staff – but he possesses the tools to be molded into a productive interior force.

HS COACH QUOTES: “Marlon is a relentless player – aggressive. He has the ability to put pressure on the quarterback and stop the run. He commands a double-team just about every pass play on the high school level – he’s hard to block one-on-one. He’s probably going to play three-technique on the collegiate level, but he has the feet and agility to play end or even standup a little bit as an outside linebacker.” — Andrew Jordan, West Charlotte HS

INSIDE THE COMMITMENT: Marlon Dunlap’s combination of size and athleticism was alluring to recruiters. But, most who discovered him were scared off by the obstacles that stood ahead of Dunlap reaching his full potential… Read the full subscriber-only report

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