At the Aggie Websider we take pride in early identification of future top recruiting prospects and we love great East Texas prospects.
With our job largely done identifying the top 2014 prospects in Texas, we start to turn our attention towards 2015.
One of our first 2015 prospects we’ve identified as one to keep a close eye on is sophomore safety Justin Dunning from the east Texas town of Whitehouse.
This season for Whitehouse, Justin record 60 solo tackles, 5 interceptions, 6 pass deflections, and 3 fumble recoveries. Whitehouse finished the season 10-2, suffering a heart-breaking 63-56 Class 4A area playoff loss this past weekend to Wylie East.
Justin is a hard hitting 6’ 3 ½”, 190, 4.5 free safety who has a 31” vertical, a 4.1 shuttle, and a 235 lb bench. This and Justin is just 15 years and 4 months old.
When asked what he thought were his strengths as a player, Justin told me “I’m big, strong, fast, and physical, and can play a lot of different positions.”
We reviewed Justin’s video highlights (http://www.hudl.com/athlete/1481899/justin-dunning ). Even at such a young age, Justin is a rangy safety that covers a lot of ground that is a hard-hitting tackler with almost all of his tackles solo.
Justin looks like a great athlete who could play a number of positions in college, and what position is best will depend on his growth and development. Justin could stay a top safety prospect, he could grow into a linebacker, and/or he could really shine at receiver.
The areas of his game that Justin would like to improve are his “lateral quickness and getting bulkier.”
Justin’s goals his junior and senior years include getting football scholarship offers, and by the time he’s a senior be an All-American or All-State player.
Next season Whitehouse plans to use Justin both at safety and wide receiver.
Justin will be catching passes from 2014 QB / ATH Patrick Mahomes (6-3, 180, 4.6) who in his first year playing quarterback this season completed 237 of 416 passes for 3,830 yards and 46 TDs with 9 INTs.
Justin is also a good student, sporting a 3.4 GPA.
When asked what he is looking for in a college, Justin said he is “looking for a good learning environment and good athletic facilities.”
Growing up Justin’s favorite colleges were Texas A&M and Texas. Justin’s current top schools are “Texas A&M, Texas, TCU, Baylor, LSU, and Oklahoma.” Just has already received questionaires from LSU and Texas.
Justin told me he is “strongly interested” in Texas A&M. Justin got to attend the Texas A&M-South Carolina St game this year with a teammate, Jared Raabe, and Jared’s family. Of that game, Justin said “It was great, I loved the experience, I hope to attend more!”
Justin has also been watching the success A&M has achieved in its first SEC season under Coach Kevin Sumlin and says “Watching A&M this year just makes me want to go there more.”
Justin’s favorite conference is the SEC, saying the “SEC is my favorite (conference), I love how all the teams are exciting to watch and competitive” and of the thought of playing in the SEC “I would love to do it, it is my dream.”
Justin plans to attend a Texas A&M camp next summer.
Finally, when I asked Justin what else people should know about Justin Dunning, he responded “ I would like everyone to know I’m a hard worker, and always put God first.”
I am very impressed with Justin Dunning, both on and off the field, and think he is a 2015 prospect Texas A&M should keep a close eye on.
The Aggie Websider will follow Justin Dunning's development and recruiting.