BIO: A three-star linebacker, Dorian Etheridge is the lone member of the class from West Virginia. Etheridge was a two-year starter and helped Capital to back-to-back Class 3-A state championship games. He was a two-time All-State selection by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association and was named to the All-USA Today West Virginia All-State team.
LEAD RECRUITER: Lonnie Galloway
RECRUITMENT: Etheridge had a dozen offers and picked U of L over West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh, Maryland, Purdue and Marshall.
WHY U OF L: Etheridge was being recruited by Galloway when he was at West Virginia and had a good relationship; the prospect said that relationship and the need for a linebacker by the Cardinals sold him.
EXPECTED MAJOR: Physical education
EVALUATION: Etheridge is at his best playing close to the line of scrimmage and pursuing the ball. He detects runs quickly and has the ability to close on a ball carrier. When he fills gaps between the tackles, he locates the runner and his technique in tackling is a plus. He possesses the ability to run to the sideline and make the tackle, but he needs to develop a better burst. In pass coverage, he can drop back into a zone but needs to become more comfortable. Etheridge has the speed to match up with a tight end and can hold his own against a running back. Scout.com
QUOTABLE: "Coach Sirmon was telling me how we need linebackers, so I need to be focused when I get in because they'll need me on the field," Etheridge said.
BOTTOM LINE: Etheridge is a sleeper prospect but a guy who had a ton of good offers and will be a major contributor.
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