Maplesville (Ala.) running back Terence Dunlap put all of his energies last season into a state championship, including an unblemished 14-0 record.
Dunlap ran for 1,900 yards and 32 touchdowns in his regular season a lone. With a final official visit this weekend, Dunlap soon chooses the college where he targets the same kind of impact.
“In his career, he's run more than 8,000 yards and 121 touchdowns for us, so I'd say he brought a lot,” said Maplesville head coach James Hubert. “First of all, he's got terrific speed. Over the course of his career, he developed more power, which made him more dangerous. His vision and ability to make people miss is unbelievable.”
Dunlap officially visited Rutgers during the big Jan. 20 weekend. His trip included a breakfast between family and Chris Ash at the head coach's home and multiple meetings with new running backs coach Lester Erb.
“They like Terence a lot,” Hubert said. “The staff at Rutgers, probably within the last three months, we've been in contact and talking with them. They've been down and visited with us, visited with Terence. We have a pretty good relatiionship.”
Dunlap makes the short drive to in-state Troy for a final official visit. He toured Tulane for a first official visit Jan. 13.
“I've told him to enjoy the process because he deserves it,” Hubert said. “He's worked hard to get the attention. He's worked hard to have the chance to go on these official visits. While he's doing that, he needs to be taking into consideration that this is his future. These are the next four years of his life, and it needs to feel like home. He knows how he's been treated and coached at our school, and he's responded well to those things. It needs to feel like home. He has to enjoy the people.”
Both Troy and Tulane are aggressive in recruiting Dunlap.
“He's still receiving offers as of the last week, but Tulane has him as the top guy,” Hubert said. “He's also the No. 1 player on the board for Troy right here in Alabama. Rutgers came in a little bit later than Tulane and Troy, but Rutgers pushed their way on top of a lot of folks. I think it's those three.”
While Dunlap's numbers scream, his personality does not. Dunlap likes to fly under the radar with hard work, Hubert said.
“He's a leader,” he said. “It's all based of how he approaches every day in practice, at work, in the weight room. Everything he does screams leader but it's about his work. He's not a rowdy type of leader. It's not by his words. It's by action. It's easy for those kids to follow.”