Recruiting & Scouting

Carter Dunaway to follow brother, Jack, and father Craig to U-M as part of the class of 2017

Football   | Scott Burnstein

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Birmingham – The Dunaway family are a bunch of bluebloods. As in Maize and Blue.

Birmingham Brother Rice senior football star Jack Dunaway, one of the best pass rushers out of the Catholic League, is going to Michigan this fall as a preferred walk-on. He spurned offers from other Division I programs to attend school in Ann Arbor and embark on the same path as his father, Craig Dunaway, a standout on the gridiron at Michigan in the early 1980s under the mentorship of iconic coach Bo Schembechler. 

Brother Rice sophomore Carter Dunaway, a fast-rising tight end prospect, wants to keep in tune with the family tradition, too. The youngest Dunaway committed to new coach Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines on a visit to campus last Friday, becoming the program’s first recruit for its class of 2017.

“I’ve always been a huge Michigan fan, my dad played there for Bo and my brother’s going there next year, so I kind of knew that is where I was going to end up,” said the soft-handed 6-foot-6, 235-pound Carter Dunaway of his early commitment. “The fact that I’m following in both my dad’s and older brother’s is a dream come true.”

He received his Michigan scholarship offer from Harbaugh and his staff earlier this month.’s Allen Trieu is a fan of Dunaway’s upside and not necessarily surprised he decided to get his college decision out of the way quickly.

“Carter isn’t just big, but he’s coordinated and athletic and that’s appealing when you project what he can become,” Trieu said. “He’s got size, he’s a legacy kid, he’s an in-state kid, and it seemed inevitable, so why wait?”

Jack Dunaway (6-4, 225) is a strong-side defensive end and was a two-year starter on the line for Brother Rice, earning a Division 2 state title ring as a junior in 2013. Last fall he recorded 10 sacks and 65 tackles, 20 of them for lost yardage.

The chance to play with his little brother in the future excites him and doing it at their father’s alma mater is something extra special for him and his family.

“It’s going to be amazing,” Jack said. “Not many people get the chance to play with their brother in both high school and college, so we’re pretty lucky that we’re going to get that opportunity. I think it means more to my dad than to us though, it’s going to mean the world to him to see us together in a few years in the Maize and Blue.”

Craig Dunaway was a tight end for Michigan between 1980-1982, playing on Schembechler’s first Rose Bowl-winning club in 1980 as a sophomore. As a senior in 1982, he started on the Wolverines Big Ten championship squad, before playing in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers.


Going big


Onsted’s 6-foot-10 junior basketball star, Austin Davis, committed to Michigan last week, sticking with John Beilein’s emphasis on post play in his recruiting for the junior class. Davis is the second 6-foot-10 front court player to commit to the Wolverines’ Class of 2016, joining Jon Teske from Ohio. According to most scouting services, Davis is ranked the No. 2 player in his class behind U-D Jesuit’s Cassius Winston (point guard) and is considered a three-star recruit.

A first-team Class B all-state (Associated Press) selection this year, he averaged a glitzy stat line of 26 points, 17 rebounds and nearly five blocks. He’s almost guaranteed to be a Mr. Basketball candidate in ‘15.

“Austin’s a bruiser inside, but he does have the ability to step out and hit mid-range jumpers, which fits nicely with Michigan's system,”’s Kyle Bogenschutz said. “He’ll no doubt add some grit to the wide open, free-flowing offense John Beilein likes to run and that's always welcomed.”