Speed is the key to Dunn's success

Athletically gifted players that can come off the edge and pressure the quarterback are a hot commodity every year and College of the Siskiyous DE Taylor Dunn (6-5, 230) has the ability to be one of those prospects. After a good spring and summer, Dunn is preparing for a big season for Eagles and he talked to JCFootball.com recently to update on where things stand for him.

He prepped at Modoc High School in Alturas, California and was a full qualifier, but he didn't get many schools to look his way so he headed to COS to play basketball.

"I was going to be a basketball player, but coach Maddock left and so I wasn't really sure what was up," Dunn said recently. "I was kinda in limbo, but then the football coaches saw me and asked me if I had thought about playing football and I said I played in high school so I could do that.

"I'm really happy I made the switch to football because I really love to play football. It's more intense and I love to hit and play the game so it was really the best road for me to choose."

After a solid first season for the Eagles – he posted 7 sacks – Dunn had an excellent spring and offseason. He was named to the NorCal JCFootball.com All-Combine team when he posted a 4.66 forty time, a 4.24 shuttle, a 30-inch vertical and he put up 225 pounds 11 times on the bench.

"I've been working really hard this summer to add weight to my frame," Dunn said. "I'm only about 230 right now, but I want to get up to about 240 and see where I stand. I think I can maintain my speed at that weight.

"I've been working hard at lifting and eating really well and I've been eating a lot, so hopefully I can put on some weight. I think that's why I haven't gotten more attention from four-year schools, because I think they want to see if I can add some weight before they come after me."

Even though he hasn't gotten a ton of attention that doesn't mean schools haven't made their inquiries.

"UC Davis, North Texas, Utah State, North Carolina State and Kansas are the main schools recruiting me right now," Dunn said. "Actually, Kansas talked a lot about a scholarship offer for this year, but they decided to go another way. They told me they would be watching me this fall though to see how I progress."

Dunn plans to finish up his degree in December and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

We'll have more from this versatile player as the season gets underway.

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