Waiting Game

The future is anything but certain for Vontarrius Dora.

A standout defensive end from West Point High School in West Point, Miss., Dora is fresh off back-to-back state championships. He was named first team All-State by the Mississippi Association of Coaches for Class 5A. He was also selected to play in Mississippi's North/South game.

But when it comes to possible Division-I destinations, Dora's offer sheet is limited. He holds offers from Louisiana Tech, Ole Miss, Memphis and UAB. Mississippi State and Southern Miss have kept in contact, as well.

"Basically, it's the same schools," he said. "UAB and Alcorn (State) offered me. Ole Miss, State, Louisiana Tech, Memphis. That's pretty much it."

He said he's received varying levels of interest from a handful of schools, but is waiting to hear from a few more.

Unlike a few other prospects, especially those in Mississippi, his recruitment has taken some time to materialize. Even still, he's setting up visits and preparing to make a decision. Dora is scheduled to visit Louisiana Tech January 7 and Ole Miss January 30.

Vontarrius Dora

"They've been showing interest for a while," Dora said of Ole Miss.

"I went to their summer camp in the summer. I did the drills and stuff and the defensive coaches really seemed to like me. Since then, they've been sending me stuff and calling me."

Dora admitted Ole Miss is currently his leader. He's familiar with the Rebels, having seen multiple games over the course of Ole Miss' disappointing 4-8 season.

He took in the annual "Battle of the Golden Egg" between Ole Miss and in-state rival Mississippi State.

"I saw (Ole Miss) play in a couple of games," Dora said.

"I went up there when they played State. I get excited when anybody gets interested in me. But Ole Miss is in-state and not that far away. It'd be a good school to go to."

When Dora heads to Oxford the last weekend in January, just days prior to National Signing Day on February 2, he'll surely have some questions. Dora, rated a two-star defensive end by Scout.com, wants to gather as much information as he can.

"I'd like to know more about the school, the program they're running, the defense and what I'll be playing – would I get any playing time? Stuff like that," he said.

If he can, Dora would prefer to stay in-state. He's hoping to hear more from Mississippi State and Southern Miss. Mississippi State, according to Dora, has discussed an official visit.

"They said they're going to bring me in for a visit, but they didn't tell me when," Dora said. "I'm thinking hard about staying in-state. Ole Miss is going to be in my top three schools."

As a senior, the 6-foot-4, 240-pound Dora had 65 total tackles, including 35 solos. He also registered 10 sacks and one fumble recovery.


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