Football or basketball for Dunn?

One of Oregon State's top recruits from the 2007 class is taking an expected detour through El Camino Junior College. Athlete Reggie Dunn, a highly touted wide receiver out of Verbum Dei High School in Los Angeles, CA barely missed qualifying, due to both grades and test scores.

The 5-foot-9, 160-pound player chose Oregon State over offers from Oregon, Arizona, Arizona State and Washington along with interest from USC and others. What drew him to the Oregon State football team was the special bond he developed with the coaching staff, especially receivers coach Nigel Burton, and the fact that the Beavers love to throw the ball.

“They like to get the ball into the receiver’s hands in the open field with screens and sweeps,” Dunn said. “When I get the ball in ANY open field, I score. That is my game.”

Dunn,’s No. 48 receiver, was one of the fastest, if not the fastest, player on the west coast in the class of 2007. He ran a 4.28/40 at a USC camp and turned in several 4.35/40 performances at various camps on the left coast. If Dunn would have qualified the coaches would have tried him out as a kickoff returner.

Dunn still plans on attending Oregon State after he is done at El Camino College, but is going to re-open his recruitment to weigh his options. And this is where the story gets a little interesting.

Ever since Dunn was a young boy, football was his best sport, but not by much. His true love is on the hardwood with a basketball in his hands. Ultimately, he feels more at home on a basketball court rather than a football field, plus he is not ready to give up hoops just yet.

“It was when I talked to my (basketball) coach after the season was over – I realized that I was done with basketball, but I am just not ready for it to be over.” Dunn said. “I am definitely good enough to contribute at the major college level, so I think that the decision is going to be an easy one. I just need to talk with the coaching staffs and see what we can work out.”

Coach Mike Riley is not averse to having his players play two sports. Last year safety Greg Laybourn played for both the football and the National Champion baseball team. The most recent Beaver athlete to play both football and basketball was tight end/forward Jim Hanchett who suited for both teams in 2004. He ended up quitting both squards to pursue his dream of being a dentist.

Dunn’s ultimate goal is to become a professional athlete and, despite his love for the game of basketball, he knows his best skills are on the gridiron racking up yards and making defenders look silly.

"My goal is to be a professional athlete, and I think my best shot is with the NFL," Dunn said.

So, not all of the news on Dunn is bad news right now. Dunn is going to have a very bright future in and is looking forward to being a large part of Beaver Nation - in whatever sport he may choose.

Dunn also knows how excited Beaver fans are for him to arrive in Corvallis so he plans on trying to get through El Camino in just one year. And just before he heads off to El Camino he had one message for Beaver Nation - "GO BEAVERS!"



  • THAT'S FAST: Click here to watch Dunn run his 4.28 at a USC football camp.

  • CASE FILE: For a comprehensive look at Reggie Dunn, visit's case file. on him

  • MORE VIDEO CLIPS: There are nine video clips of Dunn in action on Visit his profile page to see him in run, juke and score.

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