A strong summer, including a solid outing at Jake Reed Blue Chip, helped cement defenseman Brian Dunne’s status as a target recruit for many of the nation’s premier programs.

Dunne, a rising junior from Chaminade High School, verbally committed to attend Duke last week.

He joins teammate Greg Rhodes, a rising senior midfielder, as a Blue Devils commit.

Midfielder Kevin Young was a senior, defenseman Jimmy O’Neill was a sophomore and midfielder Brendan Fowler was a freshman for Duke this past season.

Now, here’s a Q&A with Brian on his commitment:

What were the main factors in your decision to attend Duke?
The main factor was the education I will receive at Duke.  It’s a great school.  The coaches are great, and it will be an honor to play for Coach (John) Danowski and his staff.  They made me feel very comfortable when I made a visit to the campus.  I loved the campus and I also like the fact that it is warm weather most of the year.

What other schools were you considering and what schools did you visit?
I was considering Maryland, UNC and Notre Dame.  I made visits to Maryland and UNC.  They are great schools, but Duke was a good fit for me.

What adjustments do you think you will need to make to play at the next level?
The adjustment I will have to make is speed.  The game is getting much quicker and I need to work on that.  I have to get stronger and always learn more about the game.

What are your strengths as a player and how would you describe your style of play?
My strengths are, I would say, one-on-one defense, and being able to move the ball up the field.  I pride myself on playing good position defense.  I would describe my style as tough physical defender.

Chaminade has a tradition of sending players to Duke. Did that play a role in your decision?
Yes definitely. Chaminade is a great place for academics and lacrosse, they have sent a lot of players to Duke, and they have all been successful, so I hope I can keep that tradition going.

When did you first realize you had the potential to play at the college level?
I realized that I had potential to play at the college level when I started playing with the Long Island Express and  could compete at a higher level of lacrosse against great teams.  When I was younger I would always play with my brother Stephen and his team who were older than me and they would always push me to get better.

Have a recruiting commitment to report? Be sure to email us at info@laxlessons.com.

Follow Joe Lombardi on Twitter @joe_lombardi or by clicking here. Follow LaxLessons @LaxLessons or by clicking here.


Recruiting coverage

* Updated recruiting review and commitment rundown (for classes of 2012, ’13 and ’14)

* Class of 2011 commitment rundown

* Recruit profile archive

* For a list of committed players with their profiles up, click here.

* To get your profile up, click here.

Connect with us

* Follow LaxLessons on Twitter by clicking here.

* Become a Fan of LaxLessons on Facebook now by clicking here.

Posted In: CHSAA lacrosse, Recruiting Rundown

If you liked this article, please take this time to share it with your Facebook friends using the Facebook button (see Facebook post button to the left) or retweet it using Twitter (see retweet button to the left). You may also want to follow us or subscribe to the site to stay up-to-date with this article. If you'd rather follow us from your Facebook account, join our Facebook fan page.

Leave a Reply