November 2, 2009

Dorsey keeping close eye on Rebels

Wayne Dorsey is taking a methodical approach to recruiting.

After all, the four-star defensive end from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College can't afford to get this decision wrong.

Dorsey picked up an offer from Florida State last week, and the Seminoles immediately jumped into what appears to be a top three for the 6-foot-8, 255-pounder from Baltimore, Md.

Dorsey visited Ole Miss officially on Oct. 10 and watched with interest as the Rebels' defense played extremely well in a turover-plagued 22-3 loss to then-No. 3 Alabama. He has visits set to North Carolina and Florida State as well.

While he focuses on his team's quest for a junior college championship, Dorsey is also keeping an eye on the goings-on in Oxford. Dorsey watched on television Saturday as the Rebels lost at Auburn, 33-20, a setback that knocked Ole Miss out of the national polls and out of the SEC Western Division race.

"I kind of look at it two different ways," Dorsey said Monday. "Like it definitely isn't a good thing, but at the same time I hope that things can get back on track up there sooner then later."

Gulf Coast whipped Coahoma (Miss.) Community College on Saturday to advance to this weekend's MACJC state championship game against East Mississippi Community College, led by quarterback/Ole Miss commitment Randall Mackey, in Scooba, Miss. Dorsey said he plans to go home for the Thanksgiving holiday and discuss his pending college choice with his family.

Dorsey, who has offers from Iowa State, Michigan, Mississippi State, Oklahoma State, South Florida, Tennessee, Tulsa, and Southern Miss in addition to the Rebels, Tar Heels, and Seminoles, has consistently maintained that he's considering every school that offers him a scholarship.

"I am still considering everybody," Dorsey told last week. "I am just going to take it day by day, and anybody that can come through with a situation as good as these three, then I am going to be willing to visit. So I am just going to keep it wide open and make sure that I am going to make the right decision."

Dorsey is ranked by as the nation's No. 12 junior college player and as the top junior college defensive end.

Dorsey, who Ole Miss projects as a candidate to immediately replace Greg Hardy as a quarterback-harassing defensive end, recently described himself as a guy "who demands attention and who makes plays in the passing game. A guy with swagger and a guy who brings energy to the team. I think I bring energy to any team that I go to. A positive energy, a working energy, that is just contagious."

Dorsey is on track to graduate from MGCCC in December and enroll at his college of choice in January. He'll have two years of eligibility at the Division I level.

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