Focus now turns to recruitment for Dungy



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Sat. December 19, 2009 | Keith Niebuhr

Throughout football season, Eric Dungy has been focused solely on helping Plant win a state title. Now that he has achieved that, his attention will shift toward something else.

Himself, and namely his recruitment.

"Right now, I have no idea where I'm going," the senior admitted last week.

The good news: Dungy, who will play either receiver or defensive back in college, has plenty of options and is likely to have even more in the coming weeks. Thus far, USF, UCF, Liberty, New Mexico and Richmond have offered him a scholarship, with Florida State also showing interest.

"His last five or six games, he has really started to come on and play tremendously," Plant coach Robert Weiner said.

When Dungy, the son of former Bucs and Colts coach Tony Dungy, transferred to Plant from Indiana before his junior season, he was "kind of skinny," according to Weiner. Today, the 6-foot-2 standout has bulked up to 185 pounds.

He led the Panthers this season with five interceptions and proved to be a solid tackler.

"Once we send the final tape out, I think it will open some more doors," Dungy said.

In the meantime, Dungy's next step is to start taking trips. He just isn't sure yet which schools he will go to.

If Dungy has a favorite, it's FSU, which he fell in love with as a child because so many ex-Seminoles played for his father in Tampa. Although he said he would "try to treat it like any other school," if an offer comes from FSU it wouldn't be a shock if he quickly grabbed it.

Louisville is another school to watch. Tony Dungy and Charlie Strong, Louisville's new coach and the Gators defensive coordinator, know each other well.

Then there's USF, which certainly can't be ruled out.

Long before Dungy burst onto the scene, the Bulls were the first to offer a scholarship. And Dungy hasn't forgotten that.

Before making his final call, Dungy will seek guidance from two important figures in his life — his father and God.

"I pray to God every night about it," Dungy said.

--KEITH NIEBUHR ([email protected])

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