Dorman informed Colorado coach Jon Embree he was committing to CU last Thursday night. The 6-foot-4, 210-pound product of Somerset, Texas, said the fact that his uncle Koy Detmer once starred as a quarterback in Boulder didn't have much to do with his decision.
He has scheduled a visit to Boulder next weekend (Jan. 21).
"I like coach Embree and coach Bieniemy and stuff and I felt that the West Coast offense there would be the best fit," Dorman said. "Koy, he told me that coach Bieniemy and coach Embree are really good at coaching us up and they know their offense. So that was a big influence on why I chose Colorado."
Dorman should be able to pick up the offense quickly as a trued freshman. He said CU coaches and his high school coaches believe the two offenses are very similar.
"From what I've heard, I hear it's almost an exact match," he said. "It's pretty close. I just have to get all of their terminology down and I should be fine."
Koy Detmer has tutored his nephew the past two seasons in high school. Dorman threw for more than 3,200 yards and 40 touchdowns with only eight interceptions as a senior. He led his team to the quarterfinals of the Texas Class 3A playoffs.
"He has helped me out so much on everything," Dorman said of Detmer. "The big things and the small things. He just improved everything that coach (Sonny) Detmer taught me."
Dorman said he hasn't talked with CU coaches about whether he will reshirt or compete immediately for playing time. He joins a team with three other scholarship quarterbacks on the roster, including returning starter Tyler Hansen, redshirt freshman Nick Hirschman and junior college transfer Brent Burnette.
Dorman said he has been to Boulder twice before, the last time when he was in fifth grade. That year he joined his grandfather and uncle in Boulder to work a CU summer football camp. He said during his trip next week, he just wants to get to know everyone.
Dorman is playing basketball this winter, but said he is already eager to get back on the football field and work on his game before arriving in Boulder this summer.
"I can always get better at every facet of my quarterbacking," he said.