Posted: 11:07 am Friday, April 22nd, 2011
By Matt Porter
Chris Dunkley, a five-star recruit out of Pahokee in 2009 who recently left the University of Florida, reportedly is considering transferring to USF.
Early this week, Pahokee coach Blaze Thompson said “a number of schools” were interested in the speedster, but nothing was imminent. That has changed, according to the St. Petersburg Times’ Greg Auman.
Dunkley, a 5-foot-11, 174-pound receiver who redshirted last season at Florida and issued a statement saying he was looking for “a fresh start somewhere else,” has visited with USF coaches. It is the only school he has visited since leaving UF.
Thompson told the Times that Dunkley’s grades, which had been in question, were not an issue and that he will be able to finish the semester at Florida with a grade-point average of 2.0 or higher, which would allow him to accept a scholarship at another school.
Per NCAA rules, Dunkley will have to sit out the 2011 season, giving him three years of playing eligibility at a new school, starting in 2012.
From the Times’ report:
Dunkley will still have to be accepted into school at USF, but Thompson said his understanding was that “things are moving forward” with the Bulls, after talking with USF assistant coach Kevin Patrick, who recruits Pahokee.
Thompson said he vouched for Dunkley in talking with Patrick, saying that the receiver “is not perfect and made some mistakes at Florida” but that “he understands he doesn’t have many opportunities” beyond what he’ll have at his next school. As a player, Thompson said his talent is unquestionable as one of best receivers ever to play at Pahokee.
“Obviously he was fast, and he has great hands, and a great knowledge of the game,” Thompson said. “He’s the type of player you just get the ball in his hands and he will make something happen. He was a special player for us.”
In 2009, Dunkley transferred from Royal Palm Beach to play his senior season at Pahokee, citing personal reasons for the move. He was a first-team All-Area selection in 2009.