Signee Capsule: Isaiah Dunn

Isaiah Dunn was a late commitment for the Beavers, but a crucially important corner who will look to learn the Beavers system early. We break down his film here.

BIO:

Isaiah Dunn is a cornerback out of the bay area’s Antioch High School. Stands 6 feet tall and weighs 175 pounds… Played alongside the nation’s top player in the 2017 class, running back Najee Harris. Dunn played corner and wide receiver for the Panthers while also returning kicks. Rated a three-star corner by Scout, he was the 24th best at the position in the West region and 21st best in the state of California. As a senior, Dunn hauled in 26 receptions for nearly 500 yards and scored 8 touchdowns, one of which was on a kickoff return. On the defensive side of the ball, he was responsible for 7 pass deflections and 35 tackles. He also played for TMP Elite on the 7on7 passing league circuit. The Beavers also landed Isaiah Hodgins, Aidan Willard and Trajon Cotton from the TMP squad. Was recognized by the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Jose Mercury News as a 2nd Team All-Metro performer. 

LEAD OSU RECRUITER:

Dave Baldwin – Area/Primary

Cory Hall -- Position

RECRUITMENT:

Dunn received an offer from the Beavers late in the process, on January 13th, just after arriving home from his official visit to Utah State. An official visit was quickly set up to OSU for the following weekend and he committed once he arrived to Corvallis. Chose the Beavers over offers from BYU, Hawaii, Nevada, San Diego State, San Jose State, UNLV, Utah, Utah State, and Wyoming. Had received interest from a number of different programs as well, but questionable grades deterred them from extending offers. Took an official visit to Utah State, and had plans to see SDSU, Hawaii and Utah as well although those visits fell through for one reason or another.

WHY OREGON STATE:

“I just wanted to step into the start of something up and coming.”

EVALUATION:

Has legit 4.5 speed with good change of direction… Very physical at line of scrimmage, arguably at his best when pressed up in man coverage as his speed and agility keeps him in the receivers hip pocket… Has very good top end speed and above average burst… Does a good job of getting his head around and locating the ball when it is in the air… Good ball skills… Could be a contributor on special teams as a kick returner or punt returner…

Antioch Head Coach, John Lucido (as told to OSUBeavers.com):

“Isaiah is a very competitive player. He is the best man cover corner I have ever coached. He has a high ceiling and is very physical. He has state caliber track speed. Isaiah will be a great player for Oregon State.

INSIDE THE COMMITMENT:

Dunn is an elite talent who would have garnered more recruiting attention had his grades been more in order. They weren’t bad by any means but he had some work to do to get qualified. Playing alongside Najee Harris in high school and Cotton and Hodgins in 7on7, he had plenty of college programs coach’s eyes on him. Being the 4th player from TMP Elite to pledge to the Beavers in the class of 2017 has already started paying dividends for future classes. Several 2018 athletes from the TMP program such as Isaah Crocker and DeShon Wilson have mentioned that they would like to play alongside Dunn and the others in college.


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