The Michigan Wolverines are hoping to land the services of 4-star RB Bri’onte Dunn. The 6-foot-2, 220 pound Dunn is the type of power running back that Brady Hoke covets for his offense. Dunn plans to enroll at his school of choice in January.
Newly minted Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer is trying to convince Dunn that he can thrive in his quarterback-run oriented offense. Meyer has never had a running back eclipse 1,000 yards rushing. In fact the best rushing season from a non-quarterback in an Urban offense was WR Percy Harvin’s 800 yard campaign in 2007.
The flipside of that coin reveals that Hoke and offensive coordinator Al Borges have had 1,000 yard backs in each of the past two seasons, Ronnie Hillman in 2010 (1,532 yards) and Fitzgerald Toussaint in 2011 (1,011 yards and counting).
Here’s an excerpt of Dunn’s scouting report on ESPNU
Dunn is a big, bruising runner with deceptive speed. A prototypical load-back at the college level with the size and power to develop into an every-down workhorse…A one-cut and get North type of runner who is not going to take a lot of unnecessary cuts. Shows good downhill quickness and burst for a bigger back but displays better than adequate vision and patience when taking the ball off-tackle and following his blocks.
Coaches from both Michigan and Ohio State will be doing in home visits with Dunn this week.
Here is a look at Michigan’s current list of committed 2012 prospects
Blake BarsOLNashville, TN6-5/2754-starRated as the #34 OT by rivals.com
Joe BoldenLBCincinnati, OH6-3/2304-starOn the ESPNU 150 watch list
Ben BradenOLRockford, MI6-6/2853-starWill be entering his 3rd season as a starter at RT
Pharaoh BrownDELyndhurst, OH6-5/2203-starAlso was the starting QB for Hurst as a junior.
Jeremy ClarkDBMadisonville, KY6-4/2053-starSenior season stats: 70 tackles, 15 pass breakups, 1 forced fumble, 3 interceptions
Amara DarbohWRDes Moines, IA6-2/1904-starHad his senior season cut short due to injury. Still managed to haul in 48 passes for 765 yards and 11 TDs in 7 games.
Devin FunchessTEFarmington Hills, MI6-5/2054-starRated as 6th best TE in 2012 class by scout.com
Allen GantDBSylvania, Ohio6-2/2103-starHis father, Tony Gant, played at U-M (1982-86).
Matthew GodinDTDetroit, MI6-5/2503-starRacked up 28 TFLs as a junior
Sione HoumaFBSalt Lake City, UT6-0/2113-starSenior season stats: 93 carries, 790 yards, 8 touchdowns
Royce Jenkins-StoneLBDetroit, MI6-2/2154-starRated as 3rd best MLB in 2012 class by scout.com
Drake JohnsonRBAnn Arbor, MI6-1/2003-starHuge senior stats: 343 carries, 2,805 yards, 37 touchdowns
Kyle KalisOTLakewood, OH6-5/3004-starUS Army All-American selection. Rated as the 4th best OT in the 2012 class by rivals.com
Erik MagnusonOTCarlsbad, CA6-6/2754-starRanked the #34 overall recruit by rivals.com
Mario OjemudiaDEFarmington Hills, MI6-2/2204-starTallied 127 tackles and 12 sacks as a junior. Rated as the #94 overall prospect by Tom Lemming.
Ondre PipkinsDTKansas City, MO6-3/3254-starUS Army All-American selection.
Terry RichardsonDBDetroit, MI5-9/1704-starRated by Tom Lemming as the #33 overall prospect in the country.
Kaleb RingerLBClayton, OH6-1/2254-starCousin of former Michigan State RB Javon Ringer
James RossLBOrchard Lake, MI6-1/2154-starRated as 2nd best MLB in 2012 class by scout.com
Caleb StaceyOLCincinnati, OH6-4/2803-star1st team All-Conference as a junior
Anthony StandiferDBCrete, IL6-1/1804-starRated the #98 overall prospect by Tom Lemming.
Tom StrobelDEMentor, OH6-6/2454-starRanked as the #24 DE by scout.com
AJ WilliamsTECincinnati, OH6-6/2603-starRated as 15th best TE in 2012 class by scout.com
Jarrod WilsonSAkron, OH6-2/1904-starIntercepted 8 passes as a junior and returned 5 of them for TDs.
Chris WormleyDEToledo, OH6-7/2703-starAs a senior he recorded 85 tackles, including a team-high 24 TFLs