Del Valle (TX) Del Valle running back Tavierre Dunlap committed to Michigan on Saturday evening. He picked the Wolverines over offers from Mississippi State, Notre Dame, TCU, Texas Tech, UCLA, and USC, among others.
Dunlap is listed at 6’0″ and 195 lbs. As a junior in 2019, he ran 128 times for 1,341 yards and 20 touchdowns, adding 20 receptions for 208 yards and 3 scores. As a sophomore in 2018, he ran 186 times for 1,449 yards and 17 touchdowns. He claims an 11.23 in the 100 meters and a 4.63 laser-timed forty.
ESPN: 3-star, 78 grade, #37 RB
Rivals: 3-star, 5.7 grade, #27 RB
247 Sports: 4-star, 91 grade, #14 RB, #220 overall
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Dunlap was offered by Michigan back in the spring. I assumed not much would come of it because, you know, Texas and all. Also, there’s the whole issue of West Bloomfield (MI) West Bloomfield running back Donovan Edwards, and whether or not Michigan would pursue another guy at the position hard for fear of scaring off Edwards. Michigan went ahead and continued to go after Dunlap, and things seemed to be trending the right way as of a couple weeks ago. It seemed like a commitment might be on the horizon, and then he went ahead and posted on Saturday afternoon that he would be announcing his commitment at 7:00 p.m.
Dunlap is a no-nonsense runner. He gets the ball and gets north-south quickly. He runs with some power, and he’s not afraid to lower his shoulder. His breakaway speed against good competition appears better than his so-so forty time would indicate.
Dunlap doesn’t show a whole lot of wiggle, and that breakaway speed could be deceiving. If teams can bottle him up at the line of scrimmage, I’m not sure how much he can create on his own.
Overall, I get a little bit of a Chris Perry vibe from Dunlap, although Perry ran a little duck-footed. Dunlap will probably end up a little ways over 200 pounds. Perry didn’t make too many people miss and rarely broke away, but he was a solid all-around back. Dunlap should be a serviceable back worthy of starting some games depending on how the depth chart shakes out.
Dunlap is the first running back in the 2021 class. Michigan will certainly continue to pursue Edwards, but the Wolverines can’t afford to whiff at the position. They would gladly take two backs if those two backs are Dunlap and Edwards.
Dunlap would be the first Michigan player to come from Del Valle, but they are also recruiting class of 2022 5-star receiver Caleb Burton. Michigan signed three Texas products in 2018 (TE Mustapha Muhammad, CB Gemon Green, S German Green), but none have been significant contributors, and Muhammad transferred to Houston.
TTB Rating: 78
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