SunStateFootball Take: Phil Dorsett

The Miami Hurricanes secured their fifth verbal for the 2011 class when St. Thomas WR Phil Dorsett pulled the trigger on Saturday. Dorsett is the fourth Raider to commit to Miami in the past two years.

About the Player

Dorsett caught 30 balls for close to 600 yards as a junior. It is expected that his numbers will improve as a senior with the return of Jacob Rudock at QB. Dorsett teams with FSU commit Rashad Greene to give the Raider's the best pair of WRs in the state. He chose Miami over offers from Ohio State, Florida, and North Carolina.


UnderArmour Miami Combine: 5'9, 167. 4.43 40 yard dash, 4.35 shuttle, 6.94 3-Cone, 37 inch vertical, 9'8'' broad jump

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As those numbers above indicate, Dorsett has elite athleticism with serious speed. He is not the tallest WR at 5'9, but he does have some excellent strength on his frame. In the two games we were at he made perhaps the play of the year vs. Byrnes(a scintillating play where he maintained balance after contact) and had two touchdowns in the loss at Manatee.

Dorsett figures to be a big play weapon that will use his pure speed in space as well as stretching the field vertically. He has had some lapses in concentration and dropped passes; that is expected to be cleaned up as a senior. He shows good ability running routes and has a keen understanding of how to get open and create separation.

There is some discussion about whether he is an outside WR or a pure slot.....that will work itself out when he arrives on campus. Clearly, he can excel and perhaps be special from the slot; should he be able to beat press coverage on the outside he may remind Miami fans of Santana Moss down the road. Roscoe Parrish is another former Cane that lacked ideal size, but made a big impact on the outside.

He is the second commit at the Wide Receiver position for Miami joining Northwestern's Eli Rogers. Rogers is a little taller and thicker (5'10, 180) than Dorsett, but does not have the deep speed. It is generally thought that Miami is looking to land three WRs this year with Sammy Watkins at the top of the list. Kelvin Benjamin is another top prospect that has a lot of interest in Miami.

Miami signed zero WRs in 2009 and only one (Allen Hurns) in 2010. Dorsett clearly enters a good situation for playing time in a few years (likely 2012).

This is the fourth St. Thomas prospect in the last two years to commit to Miami.

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