The lanky 6-foot-4 wide receiver known for his acrobatic catches made it official with a Friday signing at the Science Hill Gymnasium.
A first team All-Big East Conference selection for the Hilltoppers, Dunn averaged 18.6 yards per catch and had right at 600 receiving yards his senior season. He recently participated in the FCA All-Star Game, in which he caught a 34-yard touchdown pass from Science Hill teammate Connor Batchelder.
Dunn believes VMI’s offense on the field is a good fit, although it’s off the football field that most appeals to him.
“They’re top-50 in the nation for academics,” Dunn said. “They have a great network and everyone knows the VMI culture and how it gets you set up for life. Their ‘Air Raid’ offense is great for receivers and gives you a chance to catch a lot of passes. That was what I was looking for.”
Dunn’s highlight reel shows him winning several battles against opposing defensive backs. His high school coach, Stacy Carter, feels he will get even better and brings a definite upside to the Keydets.
“He’s a good, tall receiver who isn’t even close to reaching his potential,” Carter said. “They throw it so much where they want the big receivers to play, he’s going to have a possibility of going in there and making an impact early. He fits the mold of what they need.
“It’s a great fit with the school and a great fraternity for him to get into. He’s going to fill out and get stronger. It’s a big, big upside.”
One high school game which stood out for Dunn was the Hilltoppers’ 23-17 win at previously undefeated Dobyns-Bennett. Dunn’s athletic touchdown catch in the right corner of the end zone ultimately proved to be huge in the Science Hill victory.
“That was a game I’m always going to remember,” Dunn said. “It was one of my greatest catches. I think of my time at Science Hill and it’s more about having my friends around, people I’ve been around since we won the championship our eighth-grade year. I think about being able to play through our senior year and to have a decent run.”
Dunn has excelled at making the difficult catches. He thinks there is room for improvement on the shorter routes and using his 4.5-speed in the 40-yard dash to get more yards after catch. He’s looking forward to the military aspect of going to VMI, pointing to his brother Timothy Dunn going to the Army and former Science Hill quarterback Jaylan Adams, who is currently at The Citadel.
Beyond football, Carter lavished praise on Dunn for the type of person he is.
“He’s just a super young man with great character,” Carter said. “What he’s done since he’s been here, he’s shown kids not to give up on their dreams and keep working. If you keep doing the right things, good things will happen to you.”