"He was intense," Dunn said. "He was blocking a db and they started going at it and it was clear that he wasn't going to back down. That fired me up."
Like Dickerson, Dunn is a big receiver (6-2, 200 lbs) who takes pride in his blocking and making big plays downfield. Besides NU, Dunn has drawn interest from NC State, Penn State, Boston College, Duke, and Princeton, among others. He is yet to receive an offer, but the junior has already narrowed down his choices to four schools, a list that includes Duke, Princeton, Boston College and NU.
"It's definitely one of my top choices at this point," Dunn said. "It'll be interesting to see where it goes from here. It's exciting."
The 2013 prospect out of St. Xavier (OH) was instrumental in helping the Bombers reach 10 wins in 2011, playing both receiver and safety. Dunn has added weight since the fall with an eye towards the start of next season, where he hopes to add tight end and linebacker to his position repertoire. Although he enjoys playing several positions, Dunn said that he will likely play receiver at the next level.
"Safety and receiver are my two main positions, and I feel like I can contribute on both sides of the ball," he said. "But I'll probably be playing receiver in college. Coaches are looking at me as a receiver, for the most part."
Along with attending practice, Dunn sat in on a position meeting with wide receivers coach Dennis Springer, where he was able to meet all of NU's group of "impressive receivers. Dunn enjoyed the meeting, emphasizing the players' amicable personalities.
"That was a great experience," Dunn said. "It was personable and all of the receivers were really welcoming. They included me in everything. I had a sense of belonging when I was with those guys"
Both of Dunn's parents attended NU. His sister considered the school as an option during her college search, which allowed him to visit the campus on several occasions.
"I had already been on campus a few times," Dunn said. "But it's a really impressive place, there's nothing bad I can say about it."
For Dunn, academics remain the key factor in his decision making, as evidenced by his top four schools. What separates NU, however, it its membership in the Big Ten, which could serve to elevate the Wildcats above Dunn's other top choices.
"Big Ten football, that's a prime conference, somewhere I would love to play," he said.
"Academics comes before anything, and football doesn't last forever. I think Northwestern can set me up for a good career outside of football, it's a perfect mix of academics and football."