Jessamen Dunker‘s spring break wasn’t full of sand and surf. The Boynton Beach offensive lineman used his time to check out three schools.
Dunker made his way north to look at Florida, Auburn and Georgia.
“All the schools were great,” Dunker said. “They all showed me a good time.”
Dunker’s trip to Athens, Ga., was his first there and he came away impressed with what Georgia had to offer. The things that stuck out to him were the academics, the campus look and environment, the dorms and the football facilities.
The 6-foot-6, 315-pound lineman said he had a good visit with Georgia’s coaches and said he’d like to return to Athens for an official visit.
“Most of all, if I do commit there (it is) a place I could call home,” Dunker said of Athens.
Dunker’s trip to Auburn, however, wasn’t what he was expecting at first. With most of the students off on their own spring break, Dunker said his trip didn’t “pop” at first.
Being on an almost empty campus didin’t excite Dunker in the beginning, but he enjoyed his time with Auburn’s coaches and got to learn a little more about the Tigers’ history.
“Obviously, they are the national champs, so that’s a plus,” he said. “I loved the stadium and the locker rooms and it has a tradition and the rivalry between them and Alabama is crazy.”
Finally, Dunker also checked out Florida. It wasn’t his first time he’d been to Gainesville and there wasn’t much more the Gators’ staff could show him that he hadn’t already seen.
Dunker said he spent his time checking out the facilities more and speaking with wide receivers coach Aubrey Hill, who is in charge of his recruitment and has developed the strongest coaching relationship with him.
Dunker reiterated Florida is still his leader. Factors standing out to him about Florida are atmosphere, fan support and his relationship with the Gator coaches, especially Hill.
After his recent travels, Dunker now has his list of top-five schools. Florida leads with Georgia, Auburn, Alabama and LSU slightly behind. The plan is for Dunker to visit all five schools this summer and for his officials this fall before he makes his January decision.