Posted: 10:59 am Thursday, March 12th, 2009

Ohio State, Alabama latest offers for Chris Dunkley 

By Jason Lieser

Royal Palm Beach wide receiver Chris Dunkley said he might keep his college decision a secret all the way until national signing day next February. If he wants to, he can.


This area is about to produce one of its most talented crops of college talent in years, and Dunkley likely is the No. 2 prospect behind Dwyer’s Matt Elam. Dunkley (5-10, 164) is one of the elite recruits in the state and the country as well.

His latest 40-yard dash time was 4.41 seconds, and he has been clocked as low as 4.37 seconds.

No school is going to be able to pressure him into an early commitment with the threat of giving his scholarship offer to someone else. He’s got all the leverage.

“I might just keep everybody guessing,” Dunkley said. “It’s not a distraction for me. I just don’t answer the phone when I don’t want to.”

Dunkley already has 30-plus offers and said the latest schools to make formal invitations are Ohio State and Alabama. Other offers include the state’s Big 3, Tennessee, South Carolina, Georgia, West Virginia, Clemson, Boston College and North Carolina.

A few notes on that group (just some quick, initial thoughts, no hard analysis): Georgia signed Glades Central receiver Rantavious Wooten this year, and Tennessee picked up Pahokee’s Nu’Keese Richardson, who could end up at receiver as well. Florida State could very well end up with Pahokee’s De’Joshua Johnson as an early commitment, which might deter Dunkley.

One interesting situation this year is Dunkley and Johnson could both end up playing quarterback this fall. Malcolm Pendergrass was Royal Palm Beach’s back-up last year, but Dunkley (28 catches for 411 yards and five touchdowns in 2008) is a viable option if that does not work out for the Wildcats. Obviously the best-case scenario is to put Dunkley in space, but if he is Royal Palm Beach’s best option at quarterback, he can still make a big impact from that position.

Pahokee moved Johnson to quarterback during last year’s run to a state championship and he appears to be the leading candidate for the job heading into spring football.

Playing quarterback as seniors is not going to hurt either play in terms of recruiting. Both have proven themselves to colleges as wide receivers, and it obviously did not limit Richardson when he did it last year.