With the help of Ja’Juan Seider, Penn State became major players in Florida for the first time during the modern recruiting era. The original crown jewel? Wideout John Dunmore. The Florida four-star took an official visit to Penn State in June, and from there, the Nittany Lions took the lead, eventually landing his commitment on July 4. Although Dunmore flirted with Miami late — officially visiting the Hurricanes the weekend before the early signing period — he stayed true to Penn State, signing with the Nittany Lions in December.
I’m a little surprised that Penn State has Dunmore listed at just 6-foot-1 — he looks a bit taller to me on film. But regardless, he has a long, lanky frame so size/length shouldn’t be an issue. I am curious how he’ll add mass though. Again, quite the wiry frame on Dunmore, so I’m not sure how “thick” he’ll ever get.
As for his actual abilities, Dunmore is a good looking wide receiver prospect. He’s already a good route runner, showing the ability to set defenders up while not losing speed in his breaks. He isn’t a burner, but he has enough speed and shiftiness to do damage after the catch.
With Dunmore’s length and athleticism (36-inch vertical), you’d like to see a bit more from him from a jump ball perspective. He isn’t overly physical, but hopefully once he adds some muscle, he’ll showcase some 1-on-1 red zone potential.
A potential grad transfer like Eric Kumah withstanding, there’s a youth movement at wide receiver. KJ Hamler is the only receiver returning with more than 15 catches, so it’s really anybody’s job for the other spots in the rotation. Could Dunmore work his way in? Maybe, but it’s probably more likely that he’ll redshirt. Dunmore might see some work throughout the season with the four-game rule, but in an ideal world, guys like Justin Shorter and Daniel George give you enough that you can preserve Dunmore’s redshirt.