Live Eval: Phillip Dorsett

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Phillip Dorsett set the tone of the game early against Camden County. His speed was too much for the Wildcats to handle and he will take that with him to the University of Miami.

Prospect: Phillip Dorsett
Location: Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
High School: St. Thomas Aquinas
Position: Wide Receiver
Size: 5-9/170

Recruiting: Committed to Miami

Scouting Report

Dorsett set the tempo early in this big game with an 80 yard touchdown early in the first quarter on a post route. He beat the opposing defensive back by five yards giving his quarterback a big target to throw the ball too. St. Thomas Aquinas ran the same play again later in the first half and it was good for a 41 yard touchdown this time.

He finished with four receptions and 137 yards on the night and his speed showed.

That is his biggest weapon. He is very quick off the ball, he is shifty in space, and he was the fastest guy on the field in this game. He gets great separation and he is tough to slow down off the ball because his first step is so quick.

He is always going to be a small wide receiver, but he can make many big plays at Miami like he is making now at St. Thomas Aquinas. He just has to be used in the right way. He will be a slot receiver at UM more than likely, but don't always expect him to run underneath routes or slip screens because he has the speed to get vertical down the seam.

His hands are good and I liked how he caught the ball with his hands and not his body in this game, but he can still improve on his route running. He runs his routes without really sinking his hips and planting that foot to get that real burst out his breaks. He relies on his natural speed and that helps him now, but he will need to fine tune his route running on the next level.

Overall, Dorsett reminds me of a Santana Moss type of receiver. I expect him to return punts and/or kicks on the next level while making plays at wideout as well. His speed is and will always be his biggest weapon and while some may question his size, he will make big plays in Coral Gables.

Chad Simmons started out with Scout in 2003 covering top talent in Georgia and other areas in the South. He then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become Southeast Recruiting Manager.
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