Shortly after informing his head coach, Jim Prince, of his college choice, Ocean Lakes (Virginia Beach, VA) star Randall Dunn received a phone call from Virginia Tech primary recruiter Curt Newsome. Newsome had just been informed by Prince that Dunn, a 6-3, 215-pound wide receiver, would be joining Tech’s 2008 recruiting class.
“It all happened in about five minutes,” Dunn reflected. “Right after I got off the phone with Coach Prince, Coach Prince called Coach Newsome. Then Coach Newsome called me. He was excited. I could barely understand what he was saying. He did reassure me that they are going to take care of me there. That is important. That is going to be my family, basically for the next four or five years.”
A number of emotions went through Dunn after he got off the phone with Coach Newsome. Relief was one. Excitement was another.
“A huge weight had been lifted,” Dunn said. “I knew where I was going to go. I also couldn’t even put it into words how happy I was. Me and my family were all smiles and hugs.”
Dunn should’ve thanked himself as well. After all, he was the one that decided to play football his junior year. He first began playing for Coach Prince mid way through the 2006 season. The first time he touched the ball was on a kick-off, and he returned it 80 yards for a touchdown. A strong senior season, in which he tallied 13 touchdown receptions, earned him scholarship offers from a handful of major Division 1A programs.
“I was always around the football team,” said Dunn, who considered only played basketball prior to his junior year. “I just decided to go out and play. I watched what the guys were able to do in practice and I thought I could do that, too.”
Virginia Tech had always been high on Dunn’s list. In fact, Tech was the favorite as soon as it came through with an official scholarship offer. He did seriously consider other programs, and very seriously considered two others in particular, before settling on the Hokies.
“There were points where I was seriously thinking about going to other schools,” said Dunn, who took official visits to U-Conn, North Carolina, Virginia and Virginia Tech. “Carolina was really, really high on my list. I thought the world of Carolina. For some reason, I felt I need to be at Tech. All of the schools offered me a great opportunity. UVa offered me a...
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