Whitehouse (Texas) 2015 safety Justin Dunning made an immediate impact as a sophomore for the Wildcats. He recorded 62 solo tackles, five interceptions, six pass deflections, and recovered three fumbles, and earned district co-defensive newcomer of the year and honorable mention all-state honors.
The standout season also caught the attention of college coaches, with several already showing interest in the 6-4, 195-pound prospect.
"It's going good. I got a junior day invitation from SMU so I'll be going to that this weekend," Dunning said. "I got some letters and questionnaires from Michigan, Illinois, LSU, and Texas. Texas Tech came by the school and I talked to one of their coaches."
It is still very early in the recruiting process, and Dunning is keeping an open mind, but there are a couple of schools he has kept a close eye on over the years.
"Growing up my favorite school was always Texas," Dunning said. "I visited Texas A&M during the season and I really enjoyed that too. I guess both of those."
In addition to his work at safety, Dunning is also a candidate to see more action at receiver for the Wildcats, and admits it would be fun teaming up with his brother Vincent Dunning (running back) and quarterback Patrick Mahomes. However, when it comes to where he feels most natural, at least at this point, defense has the edge.
"Playing the safety position, it feels like I run the whole defense," Dunning said. "I make all the calls in the secondary. And I like going out there and hitting somebody."