One of the top athletes in the southeast trimmed down his list of nearly 30 schools on Saturday, and Tennessee made the cut.
Four-star athlete Jantzen Dunn, who plays for South Warren in Bowling Green, Kentucky, posted his top seven schools to his Twitter account on Saturday night, and the Vols were included along with Ohio State, Oklahoma, Miami, USC, Louisville, and Georgia Tech.
— Jantzen Dunn (@JantzenDunn) March 28, 2020
According to the 247Sports Composite rankings, the 6-foot-1, 175-pound athlete is the No. 318 overall prospect and No. 22 athlete in the 2021 class. The regular 247Sports rankings are even higher on him, listing him as the No. 212 overall recruit and No. 11 athlete in the class.
Dunn picked up an offer from Alabama just a couple days ago, but they weren’t included in his top seven. That doesn’t mean the Tide won’t still be involved in Dunn’s recruitment, however, and the other nearly two dozen schools that have offered him will still try and stay in the mix as well.
Tennessee offered Dunn on January 16th of this year, and he visited campus a couple days later for a Junior Day event. He also visited Kentucky and Miami in January and took a visit to Ohio State in March. Dunn was originally planning on taking an official visit to Oklahoma in April, but the COVID-19 outbreak has left those plans up in the air at this time.
Derrick Ansley, Tennessee’s defensive coordinator, is Dunn’s lead recruiter for the Vols. Though Dunn plays both wide receiver and defensive back at South Warren, he projects as a safety or corner in college.
Dunn is an explosive athlete who also participates in track in high school. He’s been timed running a 4.54-second 40-yard dash and a 4.15-second shuttle time as well as showing off a nearly 41-inch vertical leap.
On film, Dunn’s athleticism and instincts stand out. He’s an aggressive defender who has very fluid hips and moves well with the receiver he’s guarding. Dunn has great acceleration and has the speed to keep up with most receivers. He has good footwork and is a hard hitter despite not being the heaviest defender on the field. Dunn uses his receiving background to his advantage and has great ball skills as a defender.
As a junior this past season, Dunn caught 19 passes for 324 yards and led his team with six touchdowns. On defense, he totaled 37 tackles, two tackles for loss, a sack, and an interception.
Tennessee currently has seven commitments in their 2021 class, and three of those prospects project as secondary players in college. Three-star safety Edwin White, three-star athlete Nate Evans, and three-star cornerback Jay Jones are all expected to play as defensive backs at the next level.