Dunkley Hoping For Buckeye Offer

Royal Palm Beach, Fla., star Chris Dunkley is one of the top prospects in the Sunshine State and is adding scholarship offers by the dozens. Dunkley is also hearing from Ohio State and admits to being interested in the Buckeyes. Bill Greene has the latest on this exciting speedster.

Royal Palm Beach star wide receiver Chris Dunkley is drawing heavy recruiting interest from all across the country. Dunkley, one of the top receiver prospects in the South, has an impressive list of scholarship offers.

"Yes sir, I have a lot of offers and it's hard to name them all," he said. "I don't want to sound boastful, but the main ones are all the Florida schools, Tennessee, North Carolina, Auburn, Georgia, Michigan, Boston College, Alabama, and many other schools. I'm definitely blessed to have so many great schools recruiting me, and I realize that."

Ohio State is the latest school to show interest in Dunkley. He spoke to Buckeye assistant Paul Haynes Tuesday evening.

"I talked with Coach Haynes tonight," Dunkley stated. "He wants me to come up the weekend of April 24 for their spring game, and I'm definitely going to try to get up there. I should know for sure in a few days if I can make it. Coach Haynes told me that their coaching staff is very interested in me, and he said they like what I can do on the football field. I'm going to call the receivers coach (Darrell Hazell) tomorrow, or maybe tonight if it's not too late. Then I'm going to call Coach Haynes tomorrow after my track meet. I'm very interested in Ohio State. I'm hoping they offer me this week and I believe they will be offering. They said they need to contact my school to get some information. I carry a 3.2 core GPA and I'm very serious about my schoolwork."

Although Dunkley, 6-foot and 170 pounds, stars on both sides of the football and is a great return man, most schools are recruiting him on offense. Last year he cau6ght 40 passes for over 600 yards and scored six touchdowns.

"Most schools are recruiting me as a wide receiver, but I play defensive back too," he admitted. "I prefer to play offense. I can play both the slot and outside receiver, but I think I'm better outside where I can use my speed. I've been hand-timed in the 4.3 range, but my fastest laser time is a 4.4. I have the ability to score from any place on the field and I think that's my greatest strength."

Dunkley spoke of why a player from Florida, with so many great offers, would be interested in Ohio State.

"I think I can add a lot of speed to their team," he stressed. "I have no problem leaving the state to go to college. I know Ohio State has a lot of Florida players on their roster, but I don't know any of them personally. I know Lamarcus Joyner, and he's going to their spring game, so I'm hoping we can hang out together up there that weekend. Speaking to Coach Haynes was great. I can tell he's a good father, because he was putting his kids to bed when I called. I can tell he's a good man. I know Coach (Jim) Tressel is one of the best coaches in the country and I'm definitely interested in learning more about them."

He also discussed what will go into his final decision and when he hopes to finalize his choice.

"I won't make my announcement until after the UnderArmour game in Orlando next January," Dunkley said. "I'm going to take all my official visits and find the school I'm most comfortable with. I'm a mama's boy and my mom will go with me to all my visits. Wherever my mom feels most comfortable is probably where I'll be playing. I want to make sure I have her guidance so I don't get caught up in all the hype that goes along with recruiting. I want to play in a great program, and with a great quarterback. I will take my time and try to make a mature decision, and I know it won't be easy to choose from a lot of great schools."


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