Dunn Looking to Shine in 2009

Brionte Dunn burst onto the high school scene in 2008 as a freshman tailback at Alliance. Dunn's combination of power and speed mark him as one to watch in the 2012 class. Dunn has transferred to GlenOak for the 2009 season. Bill Greene caught up with Dunn after a recent scrimmage and filed this report.

The transfer of sophomore tailback Brionte Dunn from Alliance to GlenOak was one of the more interesting subjects in the off-season. Dunn is one of the top prospects in the Ohio 2012 class, so the move was controversial.

"I really like it here at GlenOak," Dunn told BuckeyeSports.com. "I had no problem with Alliance at all but the schedule here at GlenOak is more challenging. There are more challenges playing a Division-I schedule but I'm ready for the season to begin. I do real well in the classroom and I have to continue to stay above a 3.0 GPA. That is the most important thing to my family, not sports."

Dunn, 6-foot-1 and 215-pounds, is an athlete that shines on both sides of the football, but made it clear he sees himself as a tailback.

"I'm playing outside linebacker and tailback," he admitted. "I think I'm going to be playing a lot at linebacker, but my love is tailback. I want to be the starter at tailback and I need to work harder to earn that spot. I know what I did last year won't mean anything to these coaches. I see myself as a tailback in college some day."

Dunn has yet to play for second year head coach Scott Garcia, but it's clear he respects his new boss. Garcia is one of the top young coaches in Ohio and led GlenOak into the playoffs in his first season at the helm.

"I like playing for Coach Garcia a lot," Dunn said. "I can tell he's a great coach by the way he teaches us what to do every day. He's pushing us really hard trying to get us ready for this season. I think football is the same no matter who you're playing and he teaches us to go hard every single day like it was a playoff game."

Dunn had a solid performance against Stow Walsh Jesuit in a scrimmage last Saturday. He indicated there were several areas he could do better.

"Walsh Jesuit is a good team and I'm not sure I played against a team this big last year," he stressed. "I think I did alright but I need to be more consistent with my reads. I need to play more physical to be able to match the bigger teams I'm going to face all year."

After seeing fellow Stark County star Erick Howard win the Mr. Football award in 2008, Dunn admits to being motivated to match Howard's accomplishment.

"To be honest, I really want to win that award some day, whether it's this year or later down the road," he admitted. "I know Erick Howard is a great player. I saw him in a 7on7 and I can see why he's so successful. I would love to be able to do for GlenOak what he's done for North Canton."

Even though he just turned 16, most major universities are aware of his talent. Dunn is not too concerned about recruiting yet but does have a few schools that interest him.

"I like USC, UCLA, Florida and Ohio State right now," Dunn exclaimed. "Probably a lot of other schools too. I was down to Ohio State last year. My coach took me there and I met with Coach [Jim] Tressel. It was a nice visit and I hope they stay in touch with me. I want to go back to the Scout.com Combine in Pittsburgh again, too. I want to work hard and try to become a great player."

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