THE GRIND: Horizon Christian Academy's Evelyn Parker
Recruits flipping schools on or near National Signing Day is status quo. It’s not often, though, that an athlete can commit to a Division I school to play one sport and later sign with a different D-I school — to play a different sport.
And yet, that’s exactly what Lambert’s Will Dunavant will do on Wednesday.
The catcher/outfielder had been committed to play baseball at Wofford since July 18 of last year, but one trip changed those plans. Dunavant took a visit to the United States Military Academy on January 10 and was enamored with West Point, so much so that he committed to play football at Army 19 days later.
“It all happened pretty quickly,” Dunavant said. “Everyone I talked to just loved the place and said it’s hard to describe.”
Army offensive coordinator Brent Davis (formerly of Ga. Southern) was the first Black Knights coach to run across Dunavant’s film, but it was defensive coordinator Jay Bateman who recruited the 6-foot-3, 210-pound senior to play outside linebacker.
“The coaches are all really high-energy and are trying to get things turned around,” Dunavant said.
At Lambert, Dunavant played some tight end but made his mark mostly on the other side of the ball, where he was a second-team all-county selection on the defensive line by the Forsyth County News.
Dunavant said he was more inclined to baseball growing up in Memphis, Tenn. His family moved to Forsyth county two weeks prior to the start of his freshman year, and football has grown on Dunavant ever since.
He plans to major in kinesiology at West Point, a specific course of study that Wofford doesn’t offer.
“Tough decision,” Dunavant said. “Tough to leave those coaches I grew to love at Wofford, but I had to do what was best for me.”