Texas 7v7: Justin Dunning

2015 Whitehouse safety Justin Dunning talks 7-on-7, summer plans and his recruitment.

With players like Justin Dunning on defense and Texas Tech commitment Patrick Mahomes on offense, it wasn't any doubt that Whitehouse had plenty of success on Day One of the Texas State 7-on-7.

"We're playing really good," Dunning said. "We started off pretty bad defensively that first game. But we came back and got it together. We started off good all the rest of the games.

"It's really great to go to 7-on-7," Dunning said. "We know that they're going to have the best passing teams in the state."

And the best passing teams in the state means more challenges for a player who has emerged as one of the top safeties in the state for 2015.

"It's probably just my size and athleticism combined," Dunning said of his strengths. "I think it's a little bit of both."

Indeed, few safeties can match his 6-foot-3 height and frame. And even fewer can do so with his rare level of speed. Dunning ran a 4.41 at the ETSN East Texas combine and was a bit surprised … that he didn't run faster. After all, Dunning ran 4.38 at the Texas A&M camp, and was once clocked in the 4.2s by the Whitehouse staff, though they discounted it.

"They thought they messed it up," Dunning said, laughing.

Regardless of his actual time, Dunning has a great size/speed combination, one that has attracted offers from Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Baylor and Oklahoma. Obviously, Mahomes is selling Tech, though Dunning said "I'm going to go wherever is best for me."

"Everybody's kind of even right now," Dunning said. "I haven't even started breaking it down yet. I'm just taking it as it comes."

This week, he's headed to Alabama for camp, adding that "hopefully, I'll be offered at that."

"That's would be great," Dunning said. "That would probably speed up my recruiting a bit because it's a great school like Alabama. But it probably wouldn't change anything too much."

While Dunning didn't say so, many feel that he could become a Lone Star State battle between Texas and Texas A&M. Here's what he had to say about each school.

Texas A&M: "They're in the SEC. I went down to a football game, and it was live, just the atmosphere. It was South Carolina State, and they blew them out."

Texas: Growing up, Texas was always the school I watched on TV. It was always one of my favorite schools."

Dunning said that he plans to visit Austin on the 27th for Texas Stampede.

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