Washington (D.C.) Dunbar is a recent hotbed for Division I talent. The school once again features a handful of prospects to watch in 2009 and one player at the school has already received his first offer.
"I got it last Wednesday I believe from Michigan State," Dunbar wide receiver Deon Long said. "I was happy about it. They are in the Big Ten and play against Illinois. Illinois has a lot of players from Dunbar I used to play with."
Michigan State may be the only school that has offered, but other schools including Maryland, Virginia, Illinois and Pittsburgh are also showing interest.
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Is there an early leader for the 6-foot-0, 180-pounder?
"I'm not really feeling anyone," he said. "I'm mostly looking for my field of study. I want to be a vet. I also want good graduation rates. Location doesn't matter."
Obviously Illinois has plenty of ties to Dunbar. Does that intrigue Long?
"They are a good school and have good coaches that have coached NFL players."
Long plans to attend the Nike Combine at Pittsburgh this weekend.