Curtis Dunlap, a 4-star offensive lineman listed at 6-foot-4, is Minnesota’s highest-rated recruit, according to 247Sports. The Gophers commit also has an interesting backstory going into the early signing period.
Dunlap hasn’t been a member of Minnesota’s 2018 class for long. He actually gave his verbal on Dec. 9 and was a part of the University of Florida’s 2018 class until Dec. 5. He then de-committed, took an official visit to Minnesota three days later and then pledged to the Gophers the day after that.
With Dunlap’s commitment to Minnesota, the Gophers are currently ranked at No. 26 in the country in the team recruiting rankings.
Curtis Dunlap: Stats, bio
Name: Curtis Dunlap
Weight: 368 pounds
School/Team: IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)
Hometown: Jacksonville, Fla.
Curtis Dunlap: Recruiting rankings
National: No. 198
Position: No. 6
State (Fla.): 34
Note: These rankings are from 247Sports
Curtis Dunlap: Commitment
Dunlap committed to Minnesota and coach P.J. Fleck one day after going on an official visit on Dec. 8. Dunlap has an impressive list of offers, featuring teams such as Georgia, USC, Michigan, Miami, LSU, Florida State and Florida, among many others. The lineman is one of five big men up front to pledge to Minnesota for 2018.
Dunlap committed to the Gophers the same day as Daniel Faalele, his 6-8, 400-pound high school teammate.
The IMG prospect even tagged his location as Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium when making his commitment, just like Faalele.
“Officially committed to be a Golden Gopher !! #RTB #SkiUMah,” Dunlap wrote.
— Curtis ✝️ (@Curtisdunlapjr) December 10, 2017
Dunlap has been described as mobile and athletic for a player of his size. The big lineman and Faalele aren’t the only IMG players committed to Minnesota, either.
IMG teammate Zack Annexstad, a quarterback, has committed as a preferred walk-on. Faalele is the third highest-rated Gophers commit, behind Dunlap and wide receiver Rashod Bateman, who is also a 4-star recruit.
ESPN’s Craig Haubert thinks Dunlap will make an early impact at Minnesota.
Though Florida had its grasp on Dunlap, Fleck made a statement by being able to pry him away. The ability to pull multiple prestigious IMG Academy recruits out of Florida has to be seen as a win going into Fleck’s second year as the man in charge.