Dunning picks up Irish offer

Safety Justin Dunning of Whitehouse (Texas) High talks about his 9th offer from the Irish, and what he discussed with Irish cornerbacks coach Kerry Cooks in their most recent phone conversation.

The Irish dipped into Texas on Sunday afternoon to offer one of the most talented safety prospects in the 2015 class, Justin Dunning of Whitehouse.

"Notre Dame just offered me," Dunning said. "It is very exciting. I first heard from Notre Dame on Sept. 1, right when they were allowed to contact juniors."

Dunning said he found out about the offer from his high school coach, who told him to give Irish cornerbacks coach Kerry Cooks a phone call to learn more.

"I just got off the phone with Coach Cooks," Dunning said. "He told me he's really excited about me as a player and what I can do in the future. He likes my game because I'm a big athletic safety that can cover well in space. Notre Dame plays a lot of cover three and cover four, and all that he was saying sounds good to me. I tore my ACL a couple weeks ago, and he was telling me to rehab hard and come back even stronger."

"Coach Cooks also was telling me about the program," Dunning added. "He talked about the football tradition, game environment and the academics."

Dunning also holds offers from Baylor, Florida State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech.

"I don't have any leaders," Dunning said. "I'm probably going to decide sometime during my senior year. I'm looking for a place where I feel comfortable and where I can relate to the staff. I'm not tied to this area of the country, so location won't matter."

The 6-foot-3, 195-pound safety already has plans to see the Irish play this season. He visited Texas A&M for the Aggies' contest vs. Alabama.

"When Notre Dame plays in Dallas in a couple weeks, I'll be at that game," Dunning said. "I don't have any other visits planned right now."

Dunning is a four-star prospect and ranked as the No. 4 safety in the 2015 class by Scout.com.

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