Maplesville (Ala.) High running back Terence Dunlap has his first official visit set after Rutgers visited his Wednesday pre-championship game practice.
Running backs coach Zak Kuhr expressed series interest in Dunlap during the visit, and set a Jan. 20 visit with the 6-foot, 165-pounder.
“The first thing he said when he saw me was he told me they have a lot of guys who can run down hill, but he doesn't have any guys with the speed to hit the home run ball,” Dunlap said.
“He told me he liked my vision, my intensity, my ability to run.”
Despite a lack of exposure too New Jersey, Rutgers' academic reputation put itself on Dunlap's radar early.
“I've followed them because they have a great business school,” Dunlap said. “Even before they came into the picture with football, I was still interested in them because they have a great business program. When I heard that coach Kuhr was coming by, I was excited because they were one of my top schools even before then.”
Dunlap connected with Kuhr and looks forward to an upcoming conversation with coach Chris Ash.
“I think coach Kuhr is a great coach.,” he said. “He coached Ezekiel Elliott, and plenty more great running backs. Obviously he's one of the leading rushers in the NFL right now, so he must have done something right when he was at Ohio State.”
Rutgers holds zero commitments from running backs, and recently said goodbye to seniors Justin Goodwin and Devan Carter. Early playing time is a pitch for any tailback, but not an important factor for Dunlap.
“I wouldn't say that I'm going to college expecting to start right away,” he said. “When I go there, I want to earn it. I've had to earn everything in my life that I've got.”
With Rutgers and Illinois as schools of interest, distance is not a factor. Dunlap expects family to follow him wherever he ultimately chooses.
Rutgers will be his first official visit with high-school commitments over the next two weekends before the dead period. Tulane and Troy round out an unofficial final four for Dunlap.