Gators make Miami headway


Here’s another strong argument for why Urban Meyer and his coaching staff should continue making Miami a recruiting priority, no matter how tough it is (and has been) to pull kids from down there.

Quinton Dunbar.

Of the five wide receivers that are part of the 2010 recruiting class (along with Robert Clark, Adrian Coxson, Chris Dunkley and Solomon Patton), Dunbar was probably considered the least likely to make an immediate impact this season. But Dunbar, a four-star prospect from Miami Booker T. Washington, has turned out to be perhaps the surprise of preseason camp. And we’re not just talking about the wide receivers, but the team overall.

His name has come up over and over from the coaches and many of the offensive (and even some defensive) players. Since early in camp, the 6-foot-3, 170-pound Dunbar has consistently been catching passes and making plays — and drawing rave reviews from a lot of people out there.

Based on recruiting rankings, Dunkley was assumed to be the true freshman wide receiver most likely to contribute right away. But Dunkley and the other freshman wideouts, with perhaps the exception of Clark, are behind Dunbar in terms of picking up the offense and making the most of his opportunities in practice by making plays.

If Dunbar stays on his current path, he has a chance to become one of the playmakers Meyer is searching for at wide receiver. It definitely looks like Dunbar is going to play this fall — a somewhat surprising bonus from the 2010 recruiting class.

At Booker T. Washington, Dunbar was only a Class 4A All-State honorable mention. But he was an All-Dade first-teamer.

I’d take All-Dade over All-State almost every time.

Dunbar is further proof.


  1. Can he hold up in the SEC with that skinny frame? I’m 5-8, 145, and most consider me skinny. He must look like a beanpole. Of course nobody knows what he looks like because practice is closed.

    Hopefully, he can become that redzone jumpball kind of guy that we haven’t seen much of at UF in quite some time. Dallas Baker and Ricky Nattiel are about the only ones I could think of in that sytle in the last 25 yrs.