April 15, 2009

Rebels may have advantage for JUCO DE

Wayne Dorsey got to know Ole Miss wide receivers coach Ron Dickerson Jr., when the Rebels were in pursuit of Dorsey's Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College teammate, Demond Washington, last fall.

Washington committed to the Rebels before changing his mind and signing with Auburn, but the relationship forged between Dorsey and Dickerson during that time might end up paying big dividends for the Rebels.

Dorsey, a 6-foot-8, 255-pounder from Maryland, has offers from Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Tennessee and Southern Mississippi. He's not naming a leader just yet, but Ole Miss might have a leg up on its competition thanks to the time spent between the Rebels' coaches and Dorsey during the failed courtship of Washington.

"It's still early, so I like all of the schools that are recruiting me," Washington said. "I'm blessed to be offered a scholarship to an SEC school. Me having a relationship with Coach Dickerson is big, though. They were the first to really show interest in me. You could say that's an advantage."

Dorsey recorded 10 sacks as a freshman at MGCCC.

"At my position, as a pass-rusher, that's the only stat people look at," he said.

Still, Dorsey hopes to improve his game over the next seven months, knowing that, as a December graduate, next spring could be critical to his chances to get on a Division I playing field in 2010.

"I want to gain weight, but I don't want to lose my speed," Dorsey said. "If anything, I just want to get stronger. I want to get faster. That's a hard combination to try to have, but I'm going to definitely attempt it this summer."

Dorsey, who was likely headed to Minnesota before failing to clear the NCAA Clearinghouse in time for the 2008 season, said he'll be studying depth charts when it comes time to pick his collegiate home.

"I'm going to examine them top to bottom," Dorsey said. "I'm already going to have used two years. It's critical that I go somewhere where I can go in and show my talent and contribute to the team. That'll be a major selling point for me. A lot of people say you can come in and play, but I want to see it."

That could be good news for Ole Miss, a program that will be losing some serious talent at the position following the upcoming season. Greg Hardy, Marcus Tillman, Emmanuel Stephens, Antonio Turner and LaMark Armour are all seniors this season, and Kentrell Lockett will be eligible to declare for the NFL draft after he completes his junior campaign this fall.

"By the time I get there, they'll have graduated four or five defensive ends," Dorsey said. "That's a great situation. I've talked to Coach Dickerson and (Ole Miss defensive coordinator) Coach (Tyrone) Nix about it, and they've said that's going to be the best situation for me if that's what I'm looking for.

"I'm going to get around to see some schools this summer. I'm going to try to get up to Ole Miss before I leave to get back home (to Maryland). I'd like to see (Mississippi) State too, but I'm definitely going to see Ole Miss."

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