The rush is on for Dunlap

After playing only two years of football, Citrus DE James Dunlap (6-3, 255) had few options coming out of high school. However, he's shown his coaches he has what it takes to be a threat off the edge and he's hoping a good spring and the offseason work he's put in will result in a big sophomore campaign as well as a scholarship offer to play D-1 ball.

"I had only played two years of ball before I graduated," Dunlap told recently. "I was at John Muir High School in Pasadena so it wasn't like we didn't have a lot of attention on us, but I just didn't have many looks from schools so it was between Citrus and another school that was closer to my house and I chose Citrus so I could get out on my own a little bit.

"I've been really happy here. The coaches are great, I've learned a lot and I think I have a chance to have a good season and then I hope I can move on and play D-1."

Dunlap played behind the two starters at defensive end this past fall so he only saw limited action.

"I only had two sacks, but I didn't play a lot of snaps in the games," Dunlap said. "I've been working real hard on my speed this winter and I think that will really help me next fall.

"I was always more quick than fast. I ran a 4.8 in high school and I think I'm down a bit from that. I use my first step well and that's what really gets me an advantage against a tackle.

"When I get the edge I feel like I can close pretty well and I think getting my speed down will only help me more in that area."

On the recruiting front, Dunlap is already hearing from a handful of schools.

"Kansas State has been sending me a lot of stuff," Dunlap said. "Middle Tennessee is another school that's been on me and then Arizona and Utah State have also been contacting me.

"I'm open to everyone. I really wanted to play D-1 coming out of high school and that's still the goal. I want to play and I think I can do it, now it's just up to me to show the coaches that I am worthy of getting a scholarship."

Dunlap was a full-qualifier out of high school so he can leave at any time, but he expects to stay through December and then sign with a school.

When he arrives on campus he'll have three years to play two.

We'll continue to track Dunlap's progress and we'll update things as they change.

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