Target 2004: Andre Dunn

Seventeen-year old Andre Dunn of East Wake will continue at defensive end during his senior season, although the UNC coaching staff projects him as a outside linebacker at the collegiate level.

Playing alongside Division I caliber seniors Terry Hunter and David Kimbol, Dunn was able to put up eye-popping statistics on arguably the best defensive line in the state. Not many players can collect 98 tackles, 19 sacks, 14 tackles for loss, four blocked punts, and two blocked field goals in a single year.

"It's not like he was playing against poor competition either," East Wake assistant coach Chad Davenport said. "We played some of the best schools in the state -- like New Bern. No one could stop him."

Currently there are no offers on the table, but Dunn has been picked up by the Tar Heels' radar. Dunn lists UNC as his favorite, followed by Virginia, N.C. State and Florida State.

He will attend camps later this year at UNC, Duke, and Virginia.

Dunn has improved his speed and quickness by participating in track. If he puts up a low number in the 40-time at the Nike camp in May, then expect the offers to start rolling in.

It has not always been easy for Dunn. He learned a hard lesson about life as a freshman in high school when his cousin Shawn Leach died.

Although a cousin by birth, Leach was more like a brother to Dunn. Following that tragedy, Dunn has managed to work through the pain, in part through the support of family and friends…and also through football.

"Football was an outlet for me during that time," Dunn said.

Turn forward to 2003 and football is still an outlet for him.

"I want to get 30 sacks this year," Dunn said. "I felt that I was a little tentative the first couple of games last year. This year, I think I can start out more confident than before."

Currently, North Carolina has the edge, and Dunn said he would prefer to go to school close to home. But it might be difficult to turn down the Seminoles should they offer. Florida State was his favorite school growing up.

From watching Hunter's recruitment, Dunn said he has learned a thing or two. He has decided that he will not verbally commit until he is absolutely sure. He also will not consider other schools once the commitment is made. The timing of his commitment will be determined by the offers that he has and the opportunity to visit the schools that he is considering.

Dunn plans to major in communication in hopes of becoming a broadcaster someday. He is looking for a school where he can feel comfortable, but he also wants to go to a program where he can win.

Ideally, he would like to take all five of his official visits before deciding.

Andre Dunn
1st Position: DE (projected as OLB)
Ht: 6-4
Wt: 215
40-Time: 4.6

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