Two weeks ago, Tyler Dunning backed off his commitment to Miami after attending the Hurricanes’ junior day event because he said the school didn’t feel like home anymore. Since then, several schools have been after him, and Alabama is among them.
Dunning, a four-star inside linebacker from St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), told SEC Country’s Zach Abolverdi at The Nike Opening Regionals in Miami that the Crimson Tide communicate with him almost daily. However, he doesn’t have a scholarship offer yet.
“They love my game film,” Dunning said of Alabama’s message to him. “They are going to come down here in the spring and see me work out at linebacker. They are going to offer me on the spot when they see me.”
The 6-foot-1, 238-pounder said he and Alabama offensive line coach Mario Cristobal have clicked “tighter than what I thought we would,” and he mentioned that he’s working on building a relationship with Crimson Tide defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt.
Dunning’s high school has won several state championships over the years, and it’s one reason why he thinks he could fit in with the culture at Alabama.
“They want championship-caliber guys,” Dunning said. “I feel like being here at St. Thomas, I’m kind of used to being in that type of environment.”
The South Florida prospect wouldn’t name Alabama his leader, but he did say that the Crimson Tide are one of his favorites along with Tennessee, Kentucky, Pittsburgh and Syracuse.
Dunning plans on visiting Alabama in the near future and expects to announce his decision in the summer or shortly before his senior season begins this fall.
He is rated as the nation’s No. 8 inside linebacker and is the No. 45 prospect in the state of Florida, per the 247Sports composite.