The football field at Trinity Christian was packed on Thursday with the best talent in the area. The reason for that was 2015 SEC Coach of the year Jim McElwain and the Florida Gators staff was on hand to work with players at their first satellite camp in school history.
Eager to show off their talents, each of the campers were giving their all going through the six agility drills that were set up all over the damp field at Trinity. Not all of the most talented recruits were on the field participating in camp, however.
2018 prospect C.J. Dunlap (6-6, 340, IMG Academy) watched from the sidelines as the areas finest grinded under the hot Florida sun. Dunlap didn’t sign up for camp, and thus couldn’t talk to coaches according NCAA rules, but that didn’t stop him from coming to watch the Gator coaches in action. Originally from Jacksonville, Dunlap made the transition to IMG Academy for his sophomore season.
Dunlap has offers from coast-to-coast but he has not made a decision as to where he will spend his college career. Dunlap is keeping an open mind when it comes to picking his school, “I’m interested in any school that is interested in me.”
While Oklahoma has been the presumptive favorite for Dunlap, Florida has made their way into the picture. Dunlap spoke about Florida on Wednesday,
“All of the coaches at Florida are good, even the graduate assistants are cool.”
Of all of the “cool” coaches that Dunlap mentioned, none were talked about in the same tone as Gator’s offensive line coach Mike Summers. There is a sense of comfort when it comes to Dunlap and Summers’ relationship. The style that Summers coaches with reminds Dunlap of his high school offensive line coach at IMG, Will Hodges.
There is no question that the Gator coaching staff will play a big part in Dunlap’s deciding factor, but family will also come into consideration. And logistically speaking, Florida makes sense to Dunlap.
“All of my family could come down to the games, and it’s a great atmosphere down there,” he said.
Dunlap will visit a plethora of schools before making a commitment, a decision that he plans to make before the end of his upcoming junior season.