The last nine days we’ve had the first seven installments of The
Bucknuts 50 for 2012. Today we announce No. 3…
JJHUDDLE’S TOP 200 & POSITIONAL RANKINGS (COMING IN MAY & JUNE)
The annual JJHuddle Top 200 Ohio High School Football Players and positional rankings will be released in June in the 2011 Ohio High School Football Preview.
In May, we will release (over the course of three weeks) extensive
lists of “Players to Watch” at each position. These lists will contain
players that will be included in the Top 200 and many others that will
make headlines in the Fall. Until then, enjoy the Bucknuts Top 50. And
don’t be surprised if the lists differ…
BUCKNUTS TOP 50: No. 3
The last two weeks, we have had the first seven installments of The
Bucknuts 50 for 2012. This is where we track the top 50 football
prospects in Ohio.
These rankings were established by Mark Porter of ScoutingOhio.com and Bill Kurelic of Bucknuts.com.
We plan to update the rankings in July as we recap all of the summer
camp and combine developments. Finally, we will update the rankings in
early December after the conclusion of the Ohio high school season.
3. Brionte Dunn, running back, Canton GlenOak
* The Skinny — Dunn
(6-1 ½, 215) was a first-team All-Ohio pick in Division I as a junior.
In two seasons as a varsity starter, Dunn has over 3,300 yards and 34
touchdowns. He verbaled to Ohio State on Sept. 27, 2010.
“I think I’ve got an advantage because of my size,” Dunn said. “Then, I think I also have a good burst of speed.”
Dunn burst on the scene as a sophomore, when he had 1,303 yards
and 12 touchdowns on 259 carries (5.0 average). This past year, he had
2,030 yards and 22 touchdowns on 358 carries (5.7 average).
His biggest game came in a Week 2 loss against Massillon
Washington. Dunn had 319 yards on 38 carries with three touchdowns (78,
57 and 32 yards).
“I think I did pretty good,” Dunn said. “I’m working hard in the
off-season to get better. I’m hoping to get better for my senior year. I
need to get stronger and faster. I want to get myself ready for
college. I want to be in great shape.”
Dunn, who boasts 4.5-second speed in the 40, was one of the top
performers at the Nike Combine. He is a member of the GlenOak track team
as he competes in the 100- and 200-yard dashes as well as the 4×100 and
4×200 relay teams.
“I think track helps me with football,” Dunn said. “As a senior, I
want to lead my team as far as I can. Individually, I’d just like to do
my best. I’d like to try and shoot for the Stark County rushing
(Dunn needs about 2,300 yards to match the county record set by Erick Howard of North Canton Hoover.)
Dunn talked about his verbal to Ohio State.
“I picked Ohio State because it was close to home,” he said. “Ever since I was little, I wanted to go there.”
But Dunn knows nothing will be handed to him. Rod Smith
will be a redshirt freshman at tailback for the Buckeyes this year.
Dunn is joined in this 2012 class by fellow tailback verbal Warren Ball, who was ranked fifth on The Bucknuts 50 list.
“I think that it’s good to come in and have some good competition to go against,” Dunn said.
Dunn revealed that one other Big Ten school is still pushing him to visit.
“Some other schools are still talking to me,” Dunn said.
“Michigan called and offered me about a month ago. I am going to go up
there and visit pretty soon. I’m not sure when that will be.”
When asked about how solid his OSU verbal is, Dunn said, “It’s
still solid, but I am looking around some. You never know what can
Dunn holds a 3.0 GPA.
* Mark Porter Comment — “As a sophomore, Dunn was mostly
thought of as a short yardage power back and looked like a young Jerome
Bettis. Then Dunn attended the a Nike combine and was timed at 4.51 in
the 40-yard dash and weighed over 200 pounds. This was an electric time
which translates to about a 4.38-second hand time. This 40 time set the
table for Dunn’s junior year and in Week 2 against Massillon, Dunn
exploded for over 300 yards.
“I got to see this game live and watching Dunn take over the game
was one of the best performances I have ever seen. Everyone in the
stadium knew GlenOak was going to keep handing him the ball and Dunn
just kept pounding away with his power and when he got daylight you saw
the blinding speed. Buckeye fans will enjoy watching this truly freakish
skill set as he arrives in Columbus.”
* Video Link — Click here for video of Dunn in action from Scouting.Ohio com.