Dunavant 1st signee for new Toledo staff

When junior college punter Brad Dunavant (Athens, Texas/Trinity Valley Community College) signed with Toledo, it didn’t register that he would be making history of sorts.

When Dunavant signed with the Rockets, he became the first Toledo signee for new head coach Matt Campbell, who officially took over on Dec. 12. The 6-foot, 200-pound sophomore will enter into the MAC with expectations of being a game-changer in the special teams department.

“I guess you can say it’s a big deal,” Dunavant said of being Campbell’s first signee, “but honestly, I didn’t really care if I was the first to sign. I just want to go in and help win games for them. When the game’s on the line, I want them to know that I’ll never crack under pressure.

“When it comes down to it, you’ll be able to count on me to do my job.”

Dunavant verbally committed to Toledo two weeks ago after being recruited by Alex Golesh, the former tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator who is now the recruiting coordinator at Illinois under coach Tim Beckman. He brings high expectation to Toledo, as he was named a first-team all-Southwest Junior College Football Conference punter.

“We are very happy to add Brad to our 2012 recruiting class,” Campbell said in a release. “We feel he is a punter who can come in and help our team right away.”