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January 4, 2009

UA combine notebook: Dorsey leads strong group

Lauderdale Lakes (Fla.) Boyd Anderson junior cornerback Demar Dorsey was somewhat of an unknown heading into Sunday's Under Armour Underclassmen Combine at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando. Despite being committed to Florida for more than two months, little else was known about the 6-foot-1, 175-pound prospect.

That all changed with his appearance at the combine. Dorsey wowed observers by first running a 4.31-second 40-yard dash before bettering that on his second attempt with an unbelievable 4.25. The ultra-athletic junior also vertical jumped 39.5 inches, recorded a 4.1-second shuttle and broad jumped 10 feet 1 inch to show that his abilities stretch far beyond just speed.

"I made a four hour drive all the way from Fort Lauderdale," Dorsey said after the combine. "I wasn't going home without being noticed out here today.

"I think it was a great experience. I wanted to come out and play against some of the best. I just worked at defensive back today but at other camps I plan to work at both wide receiver and as a cornerback and safety."

Several highly-rated receivers such as Royal Palm Beach (Fla.) junior Chris Dunkley, Pahokee (Fla.) junior De'Joshua Johnson, Bradenton (Fla.) Manatee junior Ace Sanders and Tampa (Fla.) Alonso junior Justen Davis were in attendance and Dorsey had high praise for his competitors.

"There were some really great receivers out here so it was good to go against them," he said. "It gave me a chance to come out and play against some great talent that will be playing at the next level. I think it allows me to know where I am as a player at this point. It also shows me what I need to continue to get better at to become the player I can be."

RIVALS250 TO WATCH WELL REPRESENTED

Several Rivals250 to Watch members made it out to the combine Sunday morning. In-state stars included Dunkley, Johnson, Coconut Grove Ransom Everglades linebacker Gideon Ajagbe, Venice quarterback and Florida commit Trey Burton, Frostproof cornerback Nickell Robey and Eagle Lake Lake Region safety Marvin Robinson.

They were joined by a few of their out-of-state peers, including Lithonia (Ga.) Martin Luther King running back Mack Brown and St. Matthews (S.C.) Calhoun County offensive lineman Eric Mack.

Several of the Rivals250 To Watch turned in very impressive 40-yard dash times including Robey with a 4.30 and Brown with a 4.39.

Burton struggled at times with his delivery, underthrowing several receivers, but did make a couple of nice connections with Dunkley and Johnson.

In recruiting news among the eight top recruits, Brown reported six offers including two new ones from West Virginia and Georgia Tech. Mack reported being offered by Florida recently.

LONG TRIPS, GREAT PERFORMANCES

The state of South Carolina was well represented with a number of top-tier prospects. The headliner was Mack, but two Lake City players made big impressions.

Sheldon Robinson is a 5-foot-9, 160-pound cornerback that turned in an impressive 40 time of 4.38 seconds. His teammate, Shon Carson, is only a sophomore but was perhaps the most impressive running back in attendance. Measuring 5-foot-9 and 185 pounds, Carson ran a 4.35 40-yard dash to wow all in attendance.

Also well represented with top players was the state of Georgia. In addition to Brown, one of the most physically imposing linebackers in attendance was Stone Mountain Stephenson's Tyrone Cornelius, who came in at 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds. He turned in a 40 time of 4.53 seconds.

IMPRESSIONS IN THE TRENCHES

The offensive and defensive linemen did not have much of a chance to shine as they did not do much one-on-one work, but several players stood out in limited repetitions.

On the offensive line, Mack will have to work to keep his weight down, but he has the ability to be a dominating run blocker. He needs a little bit of work on his pass-blocking, though.

Possibly overshadowing his higher-ranked counterpart was Tampa (Fla.) Catholic tackle Chaz Green. The 6-foot-6, 280 pound junior showed the ability to stop defensive ends while pass blocking and has the frame to add some very good weight at the next level.

On the defensive line, Orlando (Fla.) Agape Christian tackle Delroy Steele looked impressive at 6-foot-3 and 285 pounds and showed flashes of the ability that allowed him to pile up 16 sacks from the interior as a junior.


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