Chaminade-Madonna (FL) head coach Mark Guandolo had used John Dunlap only on offense before this season. He put the talented 6-3, 215 pound prospect on defense this spring, and the response from Division I-A schools was outstanding.
“Once we put him at outside linebacker for spring practice, colleges went crazy,” said Guandolo, who coached former Tech cornerback Loren Johnson in high school. “He was a great receiver for us the previous two seasons (earned all-state and all-county honors last season), but he was probably more of a possession type guy. He’s 6-3, 215 pounds, and runs a 4.6. At wide receiver, he’s more of a possession player. At outside linebacker, he’s a great, great athlete. I think he’s going to go further at outside linebacker than he will at wide receiver.”
Dunlap has done an excellent job of learning his new position this season. He moved around some on defense earlier this year, but has since made a permanent move to the outside.
“He has really developed well through the year,” said Guandolo. “I played him on the outside and move him inside sometimes early this year. He is outside now, and he is getting more comfortable and is really attacking. His best attribute is his explosiveness and he is really using it now. John’s a very hard worker, which has helped.”
Schools are mixed in what they want him to play on the next level. Regardless, he has received many scholarship offers from programs including Miami (FL), Florida, Florida State, Virginia Tech, Michigan, and NC State.
He has set two official visits to out-of-state programs, with the other three visit spots likely going to the Florida “big-three.” Sources say Miami may be the team to beat here, however Guandolo indicates his star prospect will make all of his official visits before deciding.
“John has set an official visit to Virginia Tech on December 12th and NC State on December 5th,” said Guandolo. “The other visits will probably be to NC State and then the three in-state programs – Miami, Florida, and Florida State. John’s going to go through, take all of his visits, evaluate everything, and make a decision. He’ll probably decide around Signing Day.”
Dunlap is on track to qualify academically, scoring over 900 on the SAT. He excels in basketball as well as football, however will concentrate on the gridiron once he gets to college.
“He loves football, and that’s what he’ll concentrate on...
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