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Player Profiles: Jantzen Dunn

Kentucky will look to add more depth at strong safety next season by adding Jantzen Dunn. Dunn, the star from Bowling Green, Kentucky, was ranked as the #2 overall player in the 2021 class out of high school. After committing to Ohio State, Dunn saw action in only four games of playing time in his second season, all coming from special teams.

Dunn will head into spring camp instantly competing with Kobi Albert for the starting role at the strong safety position. The 6-foot-2, 178-pound South Warren star is an exceptional open field tackler, with a prowess for delivering big hits, and is quick on his feet. Dunn was a do-it-all player in his time with the South Warren Spartans and played in six games as a true freshman for the Ohio State Buckeyes, followed by a season-ending knee injury. After his second year with the Buckeyes, Dunn made the decision to come home.

With three years of eligibility remaining, Dunn will have time to get more comfortable in spring camp and likely a more consistent amount of reps. Dunn is a young player, who is stepping into another system at a high power 5 conference. Surely there will be adjustment to be made, but Dunn has the potential to not only become a UK starter, but he has a shot at getting drafted into the NFL.

With Dunn having collegiate experience at safety and corner, there is potential he could do the same at Kentucky. With Tyrell Ajian and Carrington Valentine heading to the NFL Draft, there will be question marks surrounding the corner spots going into the 2023 season. Dunn could very well slide over to a corner spot, even with former Cincinatti defensive back JQ Hardaway transferring in.


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