Louis Dorsey

Signing Day Spotlight: Louis Dorsey

He may have taken his entire junior season off from football, but Jacksonville (FL) Ribault TE Louis Dorsey quickly became a hot target, and Illinois got his letter of intent on Wednesday. Illini Inquirer's Jeremy Werner and Ryan Easterling take a closer look at what the Illini are getting in the athletic TE.

Ryan Easterling’s Scouting Report

Reminds me of: Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce.  Dorsey is a phenomenal athlete for a guy his size.  Beyond the gridiron, Dorsey is a talented basketball player and even sat out his junior football season to focus on hoops.

Obviously he made the right call coming back to football, where his stock exploded following his senior season.  His fluidity in space and skill in the screen game liken him to Kelce.  He has the body to carry college weight, but will need to get stronger to handle the physicality of the B1G.  He’s a decent blocker, and will need to improve in that regard, but has a chance to work his way into the rotation in certain sets because he simply gives Illinois a pass-catching threat that they do not currently have.


First-year impact

Dorsey would be a great redshirt candidate. Allow his body to naturally strengthen up while he improves his blocking at the tight end position. But with the huge question marks at tight end -- sophomores Caleb Reams and Zarrian Holcombe can catch but don’t block much, while redshirt freshman Griffin Palmer has a nice all-around skill set but is unproven and redshirt freshman Andrew Trainer is a big body but not much of a threat in the passing game -- Dorsey has a chance to compete for playing time.  - Jeremy Werner


Werner’s narrative

Garrick McGee loves to use the tight end in so many different ways, so much so that he created the “superback” position at Northwestern. While he has a bunch of young, intriguing options at tight end, he didn’t pick any of them -- until Dorsey. The Illini likely won’t get much from a young, still-not-strong-enough group of tight ends, but Dorsey gives us an idea of what he wants out of the position: length, athleticism and a willingness to block. It just may take us some time to see this position mature enough to make a big impact


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