September 9, 2010

Dunn punishes opponents

Through just two games of his junior season at GlenOak High School in Canton, Ohio, Bri'onte Dunn already has rushed for 515 yards and six touchdowns. His goal of rushing for 2,300 yards this season is well within his reach, especially if he continues to dominant opponents like he has in GlenOak's first two games, a 42-2 win over Washing D.C.'s Woodson High and a 28-27 loss to Massillon Washington.

"I want to rush for 2,300 yards and lead my team to the playoffs," Dunn said. "I want us to go as far as we can go. My real personal goal is to be (Ohio's) Mr. Football."

That's a tall order for a junior, but the 6-foot-2, 215-pounder is certainly on a pace to do just that.

Against Woodson Dunn rushed for most of his 195 yards in the first half. He carried just five times in the second half before his coaches shut him down.

The following week against Massillon Dunn helped GlenOak to jump out to a 17-0 lead over Massillon. But the Tigers roared back for the victory despite Dunn's big night. He rushed 39 times for 320 yards and three scores against one of the state's most storied high school programs.

"In the first game I think I did good," Dunn said. "Against Massillon I did a good job. I was mostly trying to follow my blockers and after that the holes are open and I just get into the secondary and look for a touchdown."

Dunn said his team made too many mistakes against Massillon and couldn't hold the lead. But he knows his squad is mentally tough and will rebound from the loss.

"We're going to go hard every game," he said. "The next game is the most important game. We watched film and saw all the mistakes we made. We'll fix them this week and get better."

Dunn's performance certainly should increase his recruiting stock.

Already he holds verbal offers from Cincinnati, Notre Dame and Pittsburgh and several other programs have shown interest.

He plans to visit Ohio State this weekend for the Buckeyes' game against Miami.

"My mom and dad and maybe DeShawn (Hall) are going too," he said. "I just want to check out the atmosphere and just be there and have fun."

Dunn plans to attend several more college games later this season.

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