One of the Sunshine State’s fastest rising prospects from early summer until this point is Deerfield Beach defensive lineman Emmanuel Dunbar.
The four-star defensive end has seen his stock skyrocket with offers from some of college football’s heaviest hitters, including Florida, Florida State, Miami, Georgia, Oklahoma, Ohio State and Virginia Tech.
“I have something like 38 offers now,” said Dunbar (6-5, 265, 4.7), the nation’s 14th-rated strongside defensive end. “It’s hard to keep all of them straight. I’ve tried to research all of them and give everybody a fair look to find out if it might be the right place for me.”
Any luck doing so?
“Well, I’ve got my first official visit set up this weekend,” he said. “I’ll be going up to Boston College. After that, I’ll probably wait until the end of my season to take any more.”
Asked why he chose the Eagles for his first visit, Dunbar said: “They’ve been recruiting me as hard as anybody for a long time. I like their coaches and what they have to say about their football program and their academics. They do a great job with their graduation rates. Education is very important to me, and they have a real nice reputation.
“The other thing about them is the chance to come in and get some early playing time. They need a few D-Linemen, and I know from looking at their depth chart I can go in there and help them out right away.”
While he’s not tipping his hand on other official visits at this point, Dunbar did say that one of Florida’s “Big Three” has emerged as a personal favorite.
“If I stay here, it would probably be Florida State,” he said. “I’m not really looking at the other two right now. (Florida State) is the team I grew up watching and pulling for. I had a family member go there, my sister. I went up to visit her when I was in the eighth grade, and I watched Peter Warrick and all of those guys play. I’ve been a big fan ever since then.”
Other candidates for visits include Georgia, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Virginia Tech and N.C. State.
“They’re all great teams, great schools,” he said. “I just need to take a little more time before I decide where else I’m going to go.”
Dunbar, a dynamic pass-rusher, has recorded more than 70 tackles and 18 sacks this season despite constant double-teaming. He’s helped lead Deerfield Beach to an 8-1 record.
Academically, he maintains a 2.9 GPA and took his SAT this past Saturday. He projects as a full-qualifier and wants to major in “leadership education.”