Top Target: Emmanuel Dunbar

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Deerfield Beach (FL) boasts two blue-chip senior prospects for the 2003 season in quarterback Brent Schaeffer and defensive lineman Emmanuel Dunbar. Schaeffer is the leader of the offense while the charismatic Dunbar is the “team leader” according to Head Coach Joe Redmond.

“Emmanuel is having a great year,” said Redmond, whose team is off to a 4-1 start. “He’s grading out at a 87% rating, averaging about eight or nine tackles per game with two and a half sacks. He’s the team leader, and I’m just really proud of him.”

Dunbar’s strengths are his 6-4 1/2, 270 pound frame coupled with his exceptional speed (4.8 40) and quickness. A versatile player, he could play either tackle or end as he does in high school.

“I only play defense, but I play defensive tackle sometimes and I also move to end,” said Dunbar. “Most schools are recruiting me as a defensive lineman. Playing both positions in high school helps me, because I can take what I learn at each position and use it at the other. As a tackle, you have to play physical. As an end, you have to be smart.”

According to Redmond, Dunbar has received somewhere in the neighborhood of 37 scholarship offers. Miami (FL), Florida, Florida State, Oklahoma, Ohio State, and Virginia Tech head the list of offers. On the next level, Dunbar wants to be part of a recruiting class that helps carry a team to a national championship.

“I want to go to a program that has a lot of young players,” said Dunbar. “I want to be able to help the team that I go to win a championship. I want to be one of the reasons a team wins a championship.”

He claims no favorites right now, and will decide after making all five official visits. Two officials have been set.

“I’m going to Virginia Tech on January 23rd and 24th,” said Dunbar. “The other visit I have set up is to Oklahoma on December 6th and 7th. I’ll probably take a visit to Boston College. I’m not sure who the others will be. I know I’m going to the Miami (FL)/FSU game this weekend.

“Right now, I’m keeping my options open. I want to take my visits, see who I like on the visits and decide. You cannot say you like a school if you haven’t seen it before.”

Charley Wiles is the main recruiter from Virginia Tech. The Hokies have done a great job recruiting Dunbar, who is looking forward to his visit.

“I like Virginia Tech