October 12, 2009
Dorsey reflects on official visit to Ole Miss
Wayne Dorsey got a chance to see Ole Miss' sales pitch up close and personal this weekend.
The four-star defensive end from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College was in Oxford on an official visit over the weekend, which meant he got an opportunity to watch Greg Hardy, Marcus Tillman, Emmanuel Stephens and Kentrell Lockett get after Alabama quarterback Greg McElroy on Saturday afternoon.
Alabama won, 22-3, but not due to any fault of the Rebels' defense. Dorsey, the nation's top-rated junior college defensive end, watched those players carefully on Saturday, knowing that three of them _ Hardy, Tillman and Stephens _ are playing their final seasons in an Ole Miss uniform.
"It went good," Dorsey said. "I liked everything I saw. I didn't see anything negative about Ole Miss. They definitely told me I can fit right in as a starter. That was pretty much it. They're losing three ends to graduation and they need an older guy to step in and play.
"Everything they do, I could see me doing that right now. Just having the freedom to go get the quarterback and make something happen, the stunts they run, I like it, man. I definitely see myself fitting right into that scheme."
Dorsey, a 6-foot-8, 255-pound Baltimore native, was hosted on his official visit by Ole Miss freshman linebacker Alex Williams. Dorsey said he went out in Oxford on Friday night, attended academic meetings on Saturday before taking in the game against Alabama, went out again Saturday night and then met with the Ole Miss coaches on Sunday. Asked Monday where things now stood between him and the Rebels, Dorsey was not ready to make too strong of a statement.
"Everybody's in it," Dorsey said. "I really don't have a favorite. If anything, I'd say Ole Miss moved to the top of my list. I definitely loved my visit there. That was my first visit, so they should do that. If they weren't on the top, that wouldn't be good."
Dorsey has already taken an official visit to Mississippi State. He'll visit North Carolina officially on Nov. 14. Dorsey also has offers from Iowa State, Michigan, Oklahoma State, South Florida, Tennessee and Tulsa.
"I'm going to take some more visits and then make a decision," Dorsey said, adding that he'll know more about the rest of his visit schedule in the next week or two. "I'm just going to see what happens. I really don't know. I'm going to take more visits for sure and then see how I'm feeling about situations and then I'll make a decision."
Dorsey's MGCCC is 6-1 so far this season, despite Dorsey missing a pair of games due to an MCL (knee) strain suffered in September.
"I'm fighting through it," Dorsey said. "We're winning, though, and I can't complain."
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