October 30, 2011

Dunn enjoys atmosphere

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Though listed as a committed prospect, one of the most important recruits at last night's thriller between Ohio State and Wisconsin was Canton (Ohio) GlenOak running back Bri'onte Dunn. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound bruiser has been keeping his options open, having visited Michigan and Penn State already during the season. Dunn enjoyed his first night game at 'The Shoe' on Saturday.

"I think it was my first night game that I can remember," explained Dunn. "It was pretty neat. It was a great game and it was a close game and I liked it."

Dunn's visit was an unofficial one, but he was able to speak with some of the coaches prior to kickoff.

"Before the game I talked to coach (Jim) Bollman and Dick Tressel and some of the other coaches and some of the players," he said. "Bollman was just saying how impressed he was the Hoover game that he came to and they asked me how I did in my last game."

Dunn had a huge game on Friday night in a win over Massillon Perry. The big, physical back rushed for 320 yards and a pair of touchdowns to close out the regular season. Dunn and company have qualified for the Region 2 playoffs.

"I was injured and I think this is probably the first game that I was back to my normal self," he said. "I think the coaches were just trying to get me the ball and get the momentum back and get ready for the playoffs."

Dunn's GlenOak squad is among the favorites to come out of the region and as he begins to get healthy again, he feels they simply need to play their brand of football to make a run in the playoffs.

"We just need to out-physical the other teams," he said. "We need to out-physical them and play smart and eliminate the mistakes and I think we'll be ok."

Dunn has been chasing the illustrious Stark County career rushing record this season and entered Friday's game nearly 1,000 yards away from the record. While the mid-season injury looked like it may have derailed those hopes, Friday's huge game puts him back in the mix.

"That injury really messed me up (in terms of getting the record)," he said. "I knew I had to have a big game against Massillon Perry and I know that I need to have a few more big games. As long as I have big games and we win, then I think I'll be able to get it."

Once the season is over, Dunn is going to sit down and work on scheduling his official visits, he knows two that he is definitely going to take.

"I'm going to work on (scheduling official visits) after the season," he said. "I'm visiting Ohio State and Michigan for sure."

With a lot of questions out there as to whether or not he will ultimately stick with his commitment to Ohio State, Dunn was asked to classify his current status as a recruit.

"I'm committed to Ohio State and I'm just keeping my options open to anything else that may come up," he said.


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