The SoCal NIKE Camp this past weekend was the third time in the last six weeks that we had a chance to see and work out Los Angeles (Calif.) Verbum Dei wide out Reggie Dunn. Dunn came to two earlier NIKE Combines in March where he clocked a 4.50 and a 4.44 in the 40. He once again improved on all his testing numbers and then lit up the position and one on one drills at USC.
One thing the coaches at Verbum Dei have been telling us about Dunn for awhile now is what a great work ethic he has. Dunn is constantly working on his game and trains like no one else on the team. We've seen the results as Dunn has lowered his 40 time and improved his bench reps at each succeeding event.
At our first combine, the receiver clocked a 4.50-40 and did six reps on the bench. Just a week later, he ran a 4.44 in the 40 with eight reps on the bench and then had back to back 4.35 times in the 40 this past weekend with 10 reps on the bench. The 4.35 was the fastest of the day.
"I was actually a little disappointed in my bench because I thought I would be able to do more," Dunn said. "I did a couple of reps and then had to start over because there was something wrong with the bar but overall, I was very happy with how I did. I had a great time, learned a lot and felt like I did well in all the drills."
Dunn, along with Colorado receiver Drew Davis, were the two top wide outs of the day. Not only did Dunn run a great 40, he showed the ability to harness that speed in his route running and no one could cover him. He was quick in and out of his breaks and after a couple of early drops, showed great hands during the one on one drills. In terms of his size, speed and overall explosiveness, Dunn reminded us a little of how Long Beach Poly and USC signee Travon Patterson looked at the Nike camp a year ago.
"I dropped two balls in one of the first drills but then caught everything else," Dunn said. "Once I got more comfortable, I felt really good out there and clicked well with the all the quarterbacks."
Arizona remains Dunn's lone offer but that should change over the coming weeks. In our eyes, the athlete definitely showed that he should be regarded among the top handful of receivers in the state.
"Arizona is my top school right now with the offer and I definitely want to visit them," Dunn said. "I also like USC, UCLA and Cal, those are the main schools I'm looking at right now. I'm open to whoever wants to recruit me though and hopefully the way I played today will increase the amount of schools recruiting me. I mean, a lot of schools are recruiting me but hopefully a few more will want to offer after today."