This season due to COVID-19, Texas was the beneficiary of a graduate transfer named Brenden Schooler. The wide receiver transferred to Texas after the uncertainty surrounding Oregon and the rest of the Pac-12 as for a while it appeared as if they wouldn’t play this season.
McNeese State is another school that pushed back football activities to the spring due to COVID-19. This caused defensive back Darion Dunn to enter the transfer portal. The graduate transfer was looking at power five schools in which he could come in right away and make an impact in order to be looked at in the NFL draft.
It was announced back in November that he had found his home with the North Carolina State Wolfpack. But, Texas remained in contact and now it appears Dunn is headed to the 40 Acres instead.
Last season at McNeese State, Dunn recorded 42 tackles, 11 passes defended, and five interceptions en route to receiving a first-team All-Southland Conference selection. Clearly, Dunn has excelled at the Southland level and he’s among the best secondary prospects in that conference.
Now, he’s looking for an uptick in competition. With Texas, he’ll more than certainly get what he’s looking for.
Name: Darion Dunn
Position: Defensive Back
College: McNeese State
Three Best Traits
Ballhawk – Dunn is a ballhawk in every sense of the word. He has track and field speed and finished first in the 60-meter hurdles at the Southland Conference Indoor Championships in 2020. He uses his speed and raw athletic ability to cover anyone in front of him. Dunn is a lockdown corner who’s always able to make a play on the ball.
Ideal Size – Dunn stands at 6’1 and weighs nearly 200-pounds. He has size, speed, and a good frame to be a lethal cornerback in the Big-12. Dunn won’t be manhandled at the line of scrimmage by anyone. He can outmuscle you and still run with you 40-yards down the field. That’s rare to see.
Experience – Dunn has all the experience in the world. He spent four years at McNeese State and spent the majority of that on the field for the Cowboys. Yes, it’s Southland Conference experience, but it’s experience nonetheless. Time and time again, Dunn has proven himself in the biggest games for the Cowboys and will be able to translate that well to the Big-12.
Areas for Improvement
Level of Competition – This is an obvious one. There’s a big talent gap between the Big-12 and the Southland. That’s not to say that Dunn can’t compete at Texas though. In order to make it to the next level, you have to dominate where you were previously. Dunn at McNeese State dominated, to say the least. He shouldn’t have a big problem moving over to a more difficult level of competition but it could be a little tricky at first. After a few practices though Dunn should know what to expect moving forward.
Open Field Tackling – Looking at his film, Dunn appears to be a solid tackler. He has a great frame and not many wide receivers can break out of his grasp. In the Big-12 though where offenses spread the ball out, can Dunn consistently bring down wide receivers in the open field? I believe he can, but to really improve his game this is an area he’ll have to work on.
Dunn is a great graduate transfer pickup for the Longhorns. He can do it all and has experienced it all at McNeese State. He’s a guy who can come in and play right away given his freakish speed, ideal size, and great covering skills. Texas is a better team today than they were yesterday with the addition of Darion Dunn.
Dunn will join three other defensive back commits from the class of 2021. JD Coffey, Ishamel Ibraheem, and Jamier Johnson all will be incoming freshmen in the 2019 season. Those three guys are all four-star talents but expect Dunn to see the field first and the most often as he will be with Texas just this upcoming season. The secondary, even with the departure of Caden Sterns, is a crowded one. Dunn adds loads of depth to that group and will surely receive some playing time as well. He’s a great pickup for the Longhorns as he adds everything you could possibly look for in a transfer.
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