Signing Day Profile: CB Isaiah Dunson

Signing Day Profile: CB Isaiah Dunson

Stefan Adams
2020 Tucker (GA) CB Isaiah Dunson signed with Miami this morning. He’s the first signee of the February signing period and the 20th overall for Category20.


The 6-2, 180-pounder is currently a consensus 4-star in the national rankings. According to the 247Composite, Dunson is the #324 player nationally, the #21 CB in the country, and the #31 player in Georgia.


Recruiting Story

Following a strong sophomore season, Dunson earned offers from Power 5 schools like South Carolina, Nebraska, Louisville, UNC, and NC State. However, the offer he really wanted was from the Florida State Seminoles, which he landed in May of 2018. It wasn’t long until he committed to FSU in August of 2018 and he maintained that pledge for over a year until Willie Taggart got fired in November of 2019. A day later, Dunson was back on the market, and started being pursued by Miami, Texas, and Ole Miss. After putting off signing early, he scheduled official visits to all three of those schools in January, but a strong OV to Miami last weekend led to him shutting things down and committing to the Canes.


Evaluation

Dunson has the prototypical size at 6’2” that many scouts are salivating over these days and is definitely a “new age” corner. He’s a true athlete that doubles as a dominant deep threat receiver for Tucker HS, and you can see how some of his abilities on offense easily translate to defense, such as the ability to high-point the ball. He’s a ball tracker that attacks the rock at its highest point and uses his leaping ability to snag the interception or TD. Brings incredible physicality on the outside of a defense. Striking speed to go along with a long frame and strong build. Has the aggressive demeanor to jam a receiver into oblivion. Lives in his man’s hip pocket and is tough to separate from. Above-average tackler that profiles as an asset in the run game and could lock down the edge of a defense. Breaks on the ball well, closes on throws anywhere near his area, and lets the QB’s eyes guide him around the gridiron, which (along with his length) led to a ton of PBU’s on film.

As a senior in 2019, he recorded 10 TD’s on offense and 3 INT’s on defense. At the Opening Atlanta Regional in March, he posted a 4.22 shuttle time and a 33.19 inch vertical leap.


The Team

The position took a big hit when Trajan Bandy left school early for the NFL, as he had been UM’s most consistent corner the past two seasons. The other concerning aspect of that move is that Miami simply doesn’t have a lot of numbers at the position. The good news is all four returnees in Al Blades, DJ Ivey, Christian Williams, and Te’Cory Couch saw playing time in 2019, and all four were 4-star talents.


Redshirt Probability: 5/10

Dunson, (and his classmate Clarke) will only be needed to play a part-time reserve role in 2020, however, the door is technically open for a starting job or two, since it didn’t appear like Blades or Ivey really solidified the #2 role last season. Dunson is also more physically college ready than his classmate Clarke, who is more of a developmental prospect at the position. If Dunson comes in and shows he is a transcendent talent and is advanced at the mental side of the game on day 1, you can’t rule out him being a prominent part of this secondary by season’s end. Because he’s a summer enrollee, though, Dunson’s chances of passing up UM’s four talented returnees by September are going to be diminished.

 

Comments (30)

My only concern is the 4.94 40 time... Football speed is much more than just 40 time, which I get. But we have DE's with the same (if not faster) time.
He doesn’t seem to run anywhere near that in pads. If he did run that it probably was when he was younger with no technique running the 40 as things like that matters. This kid can play period
 
My only concern is the 4.94 40 time... Football speed is much more than just 40 time, which I get. But we have DE's with the same (if not faster) time.
He has a nice shuttle and vertical. He looks way faster than 4.94 on film...with the correct form and S&C training he should be in the 4.6s easily
 
Very nice pick up, no doubt. Happy to have him.
 
Let’s use common sense. Do y’all think we would bring in someone at a skill position running a true 4.9? That’s dlineman numbers.
 
Let’s use common sense. Do y’all think we would bring in someone at a skill position running a true 4.9? That’s dlineman numbers.
Yeah but do you think he more likely runs a 4.40 or a 4.69?

4.6 is still too slow for a CB.
 
Yeah but do you think he more likely runs a 4.40 or a 4.69?

4.6 is still too slow for a CB.
The last few posts summed up my thoughts. A laser 4.6 can come down to a 4.5 with proper technique and collegiate S&C. Over half of the DBs in last years combine ran a 4.5 or slower. Quan ran a 4.69 in the combine but was productive in the slot his freshman year.
 
Didn't realize this kid was THAT good. He looks like he can compete for a role day one
 
My only concern is the 4.94 40 time... Football speed is much more than just 40 time, which I get. But we have DE's with the same (if not faster) time.
That time is old as can be...he was going into his junior year when he ran that. A 4.22 screams 4.6 not 4.94.
 
Yeah Dunson might get more burn if the 4 ahead of him don’t seriously come in ready to compete. Hopefully he will push Ivey and Blades to be better than what they were last season. The question becomes, who’s the leading candidate to play nickel back this year?
 
Idk about a 40 time but he seems to have good football iq, he breaks on the ball well, an he looks like a willing tackler.

Oh and he’s “6’2”
 
My only concern is the 4.94 40 time... Football speed is much more than just 40 time, which I get. But we have DE's with the same (if not faster) time.
His 10th grade HS track 200 meter times was 24.34 it must be in the upper 22s. That is far faster than that 4.94 thing run. Besides his offer list and his rating could not be based upon that 4.94 thing. No concern here
 
His 10th grade HS track 200 meter times was 24.34 it must be in the upper 22s. That is far faster than that 4.94 thing run. Besides his offer list and his rating could not be based upon that 4.94 thing. No concern here
Agree. Also, you do not make the high school national elite standard of 22'5" with a 4.94 runway speed.
 

2021 Commits

S
6'5"
220
Fort Lauderdale, FL
OG
6'2"
295
Miami, FL
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6'4"
290
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6'5"
210
Miami, FL
WR
6'2"
180
Miami, FL
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225
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200
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WR
5'11"
160
Fort Lauderdale, FL
OT
6'7"
255
Pompano Beach, FL

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