Enterprise senior Keion Dunlap signs with Troy

Published 11:07 am Wednesday, December 20, 2023

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On Wednesday, Enterprise High School senior Keion Dunlap made his decision to sign with Troy University to continue his football career.

Dunlap is rated as a three-star safety by 247sports but the 6-foot-1-inch, 200-pounder has been the definition of an “athlete” at EHS. Dunlap has been a four-year starter at Enterprise, starting at cornerback, fullback, safety and running back during his career. He’s also a three-sport athlete, playing basketball and running track, as well.

As a sophomore, he tallied 29 tackles, three tackles-for-loss, one interception and a pass breakup playing safety. As a junior, he earned 36 tackles, one tackle-for-loss and a sack.

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Heading into his senior season, Dunlap was moved to running back and he exploded to rush for 1,077 yards and 16 touchdowns on just 130 carries for an eye-popping 8.3 yards per carry.

Dunlap originally committed to Indiana last season before de-committing last week and signing with Troy instead. He held offers from all over the country, including from Auburn, Mississippi State, Florida, Maryland, Ole Miss and Penn State.

“They’ve really built a winning culture (at Troy) the last two years,” Dunlap said of his decision. “They’ve been winning a lot, won two SBC Championships back-to-back, and I think they have a great coaching staff and the City of Troy is great. I love it a lot there. I’ve been going to Troy a lot growing up with it being right down the street. I just love it there.”

Dunlap had his first chance to talk to new Troy coach Gerad Parker on Tuesday night and he left a good first impression.

“We got on a Zoom call last night and he texted me right before signing and I’m looking forward to building a relationship with him,” Dunlap said. “I like his vibe and he’s really passionate about what he does. The way he was talking about us, I was vibing with him.”

Dunlap said that Troy originally recruited him as a safety but he expects to play running back when he arrives on campus, at least at first.

“I’ll start out as a running back and if I produce I’ll stay there but if they want to try out safety I’ll move there,” he said. “I really like playing both but running ball is fun and scoring touchdowns and making a fool out of the defense is pretty fun.”

Dunlap’s high school teammate MJ Johnson is currently a player at Troy and that helped make his decision to sign with Troy easier.

“We were real close when he was down here,” Dunlap said of his relationship with Johnson. “I saw it an opportunity for us to play together again. He was talking to me about how it is there and me and him talked about it and I told him that is probably where I wanted to go and he said, ‘Let’s do it.’”

The Enterprise native is looking to continue to develop on and off the field at Troy.

“I just want to develop as much as I can, develop as a better player and a better man,” he emphasized. “I want to get ready for the real world when I get out of there.”