Los Angeles (Calif.) Verbum Dei is going through a renaissance with their football program. Dead in the water just a few years ago now the school is sporting three D-I prospects and there could more. Rivals.com has already introduced you to sackmaster Akeem Ayers and Curtis Wilson, there is another player from the burgeoning Los Angeles program and he has impressive bloodlines, too.
The player in question is athlete prospect Reggie Dunn (5-10, 170, 4.4). Former Florida State star and Atlanta Falcon Warrick Dunn and LSU freshman quarterback Ryan Perrilloux are cousins. Obviously Dunn comes from a good football pedigree.
Dunn was a first-team all-league and all-CIF as a junior as he displayed a Warrick Dunn kind of versatility. Dunn had 12 receptions for 319 receiving yards and four touchdowns. He also rushed for 315 rushing yards and four more touchdowns. He led Verbum Dei with 963 all-purpose yards.
On defense, Dunn had 41 tackles, three picks and three fumble recoveries. He is also an outstanding return man who averaged 18.7 yards per kick return with a long of 52 yards and on punt returns he averages 16.4 yards per punt return with a long of 43 yards.
"The word that comes to mind when I think about Reggie is versatility," Verbum Dei offensive line coach Owen Brown said. "This is a kid that you can put at running back or wide out and he will be successful. On defense we can utilize Reggie at either corner or safety"
"Every time Reggie touches the ball he is a big play threat," Brown said. "Reggie reminds me of Desmond Reed (who plays for USC) when he was in high school at Temple high school."
"Just like Desmond, Reggie could play a variety of positions and look natural at each position," Brown said. "Despite his size Reggie doesn't mind getting physical and making tackles."
"If I had to say what are Reggie's best on field attributes I would say his speed, quickness, great footwork and just a knack for being on the ball," Brown. "On a personal level, Reggie is a terrific young man."
"Reggie is so humble for one and he will give you all he has at practice and during games," Brown said. "That is big for our team because Reggie never leaves the field, not even special teams."
"As far as colleges, both UCLA and Arizona, I would say lead for Reggie, with a lot of other schools close behind."
"Reggie loves campus, coaches and education UCLA has to offer," Brown said. "Arizona is giving Reggie a lot of early attention and he loves Arizona's aggressive playing style."
Besides UCLA and Arizona, Dunn is getting recruiting attention from Utah, Cal, USC, Ohio State, Texas, LSU, Virginia Tech, Florida State, and Miami.