Brionte Dunn Impresses At Pittsburgh Combine

Alliance, Ohio, tailback Brionte Dunn is already considered one of the top prospects in the 2012 class. Dunn had a very impressive freshman season on the Aviator varsity, and has already attracted the attention of college recruiters. Bill Greene caught up with Dunn at the Combine in Pittsburgh and filed this report.

If you are already starting to look at the top prospects in the 2012 class, look no further than Alliance, Ohio, the home of star tailback Brionte Dunn. Dunn had a stellar freshman campaign for the Aviator varsity in 2008, and showed the promise of being one of the state's top underclassmen to watch.

"I think I did really well today and I had a lot of fun," Dunn said of his performance at the Combine in Pittsburgh. "I was surprised I only weighed 198 pounds, but I think I lost weight playing basketball. I should play football next year at 210 pounds. I was pretty happy with my forty time [4.69], and I think I can run a lot faster. It was a good experience for me because I really didn't know what to expect. I was kind of nervous at first, but I really had a good time. It was cool meeting a lot of new people and seeing older players from across different states. I have a good idea of what I need to do to improve my game."

Dunn is a tremendous all-around athlete at Alliance, also excelling in basketball and track, but he left no doubt to which sport is his favorite.

"I like football the best, for sure," he stated. "I think I am a tailback, but I can contribute on defense as well. The players I saw today were better than I thought they would be, but I think I can compete at this level if I continue to push myself and work harder. I want to play football in college."

Although it might be way too early to talk about recruiting, Dunn has attracted a lot of attention from some of the top programs in America. He was invited to Ohio State for a basketball game and he enjoyed that experience.

"I went down to Ohio State for the Illinois game," Dunn said. "It was a great experience seeing the crowd and the atmosphere at Ohio State. I got to meet Jim Tressel and a few of the assistant coaches. They were all great people and they told me they will be watching me closely over the next few years. They told me how important it is to keep my grades up. Coach Tressel told me that I had a good year for a freshman, and that they don't usually keep track of too many freshmen players. That made me feel pretty good hearing that from him."

Dunn knows he needs to keep all the early attention from going to his head, and he is mature enough to realize what he has to do to reach his goals. He is a very quiet person and is quite humble about his success.

"Coming to this camp was a good thing because I saw a lot of players that are better than I am," he said. "That kind of put me in my place and showed me that I haven't achieved anything yet. I know how hard I need to work in the weight room to get bigger and stronger. I think running track will help increase my speed. My focus will be on my grades, lifting weights and running. In track, my best time is a 23.6 in the 200 meters. My coach [Mike Schott] is always reminding us to keep working and to keep trying to get better. Coach Schott knows I want to play college football and he is helping make sure that happens for me. All I have to do is listen to him and follow his advice."

Dunn did admit that he has a favorite college team, but he's not going to get wrapped up in recruiting at this early stage.

"I'm not going to get all caught up in this college stuff," he stressed. "I'll worry about that later on when the time comes. Right now, Ohio State is my favorite team. I had a great time down there and that seems like it would be a great place to play. But right now I'm just concentrating on my team at Alliance. I think we're going to be pretty good this year. We want to win our league and get to the playoffs, and that's my main focus in terms of football. If I do what I'm supposed to do, people have told me the college stuff will all work itself out."

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