May 27, 2009

Dorsey's dream within reach

Baltimore native Wayne Dorsey has had to take the long road to realize his dream of playing Division I football.

The 6-foot-8, 255-pound defensive end has been on that journey since graduating high school in 2006 making stops at both prep school and junior college along the way. But with the finish line closely approaching there are a host of major programs lining up for his services once again.

"Recruiting is good, I can't really complain," Dorsey said. "I'm blessed to say that schools want me and feel that I am the player that can take their program to another level."

Dorsey holds offers from Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Southern Miss, Tennessee and picked up two more last week in Oklahoma State and South Florida.

But things began for Dorsey back in his hometown of Baltimore at Southwestern High School where he was two-sport standout earning second-team All-Baltimore City in basketball by the Baltimore Sun. Dorsey was recruited and set to be apart of Virginia Tech's 2007 class but was not cleared by the NCAA clearninghouse rerouting him to prep school at Milford Academy in New Berlin, N.Y.

At Milford Dorsey not only worked on his grades, he also worked his way up to a four-star rating and the No. 22 prep school player in the nation. He picked up offers from several programs including Michigan State, Buffalo and Minnesota but again the clearinghouse denied him eligibility.

"Out of high school I didn't clear the clearinghouse," Dorsey said. "I was set to go to Virginia Tech. They were the only school I loved really. That's where I wanted to go but since I didn't really qualify I had to go the prep route. I went to Milford Academy in upstate New York. Prep school did me good but the clearinghouse thing still didn't clear. I qualified through my grades and my SAT but they never cleared everything at the clearinghouse but I definitely qualified through the schoolwork. I never cleared through the clearinghouse which is a crime for real but it is what it is."

With the door closed again on his dream, Dorsey was unsure what his next move would be. That is until Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College came calling last spring.

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