Dorleant's Decision Depends On Weekend Visit

2011 prospect and former Wisconsin commit plans on committing to MD this weekend following his visit

South Florida 5-foot-11, 170-pound defensive back Makinton Dorleant is traveling to College Park this weekend, and depending on how the trip goes, he may follow it with a commitment.

“I feel like that program is on the uprising in the next couple years,” Dorleant said. “That’s what I really like about it.”

Committing to Wisconsin in July, Dorleant withdrew his commitment last week.

The Naples native has never really left South Florida, but has attracted attention from Wisconsin, West Virginia, Texas Tech, Middle Tennessee State, Iowa State, Florida International and Maryland.

“The first time I left Florida was when I went up on my official visit to Wisconsin. Going to Maryland will be my second trip out of the state,” Dorleant said. “I like going around seeing the world. Florida cold is different than the Maryland cold, so I probably don’t know what I’m getting myself into.”

Dorleant would be joining the Terps secondary led by juniors Kenny Tate and Cameron Chism. Tate had three interceptions last year and returned one for a touchdown along with 94 tackles and 3.5 sacks. Chism added 64 tackles along with a blocked kick and a fumble recovery.

“I followed them a lot this year,” said Dorleant, who watched the N.C. State, Clemson and Miami games. “There are some young guys on the defense, so I can just tell that in the years coming they’ll get better. I feel like they’re on their way.”

Dorleant speaks to linebackers coach and special teams assistant Al Seamonson, and has built a strong relationship with defensive coordinator and cornerback’s coach Don Brown.

“He came in, and we started talking. I felt like I had a connection with him like I knew what was going on,” Dorleant said of Brown. “They were asking me questions about how I felt, not really trying to feed me anything. I liked that.”

Coach Brown already has plans on working Dorleant onto the field early.

“Depending on how hard I work and how much I get done, I might be in for nickel packages, and then work on coming off the edge for field goals,” Dorleant said.

His junior year at Lely High School, Dorleant grabbed the eyes of recruiters as he blocked three punts and two field goals. Two of the punts were returned for touchdowns, and the blocked field goals set up field position for his offense. The Terps blocked six kicks this year.

Dorleant played safety for the Trojans because he was one of the biggest, fastest and smartest kids on the field, but he looks to play cornerback at the next level.

“My natural position is cornerback. That’s where I feel like I’m better at,” Dorleant said. “I feel like I can shut down anybody at the high school level, and once I get to the college level and get going, I feel like I’ll be a good cornerback in my league and hopefully the country. I feel very positive about my game at cornerback, and I keep trying to get better and better at it.”

The Terps aren’t known for recruiting hard from the state of Florida, but that may change very soon.

“I’ve been talking to Corey Tindal (Lauderdale Lakes, Fl.), Lucas Foreman (Naples) and Steve Montgomery (Miramar, Fl.), who have Maryland high on their lists, and I ask them about Maryland, so their high on my list,” Dorleant said. “The only one I know that’s committed is Jimmy Stewart (Cape Coral, Fl.). They’ll be getting some more Florida kids, cause I know that for a fact.”

Dorleant is not looking at any other schools, because he thinks if his trip to College Park goes well, he may be committing in the following weeks. He doesn’t know if anyone will be making the trip with him, but he is excited to fly up Friday and spend three days on the campus.

Education is a large factor in Dorleant’s decision. He has seen weight rooms and practice facilities before, but admits maybe not a stadium the size of Byrd Stadium.

“Education is a big thing for me. I love the game of football, but if I go to Maryland, I want to finish with a degree. I take the education very serious and I want to learn,” Dorleant said. “I’m going to be looking for the tours and the facilities where you study. I’m going to know what the football facilities look like the next four years, but I want to know how the academics are going to be.”

Dorleant doesn’t know much about Maryland, except that his uncle lived here a few years after moving from Haiti, but he’s excited to show Maryland what he has.

“I’m a hard worker. I might not be on the field the whole year, but on special teams going in to block a punt or going back to block for Logan on a punt, I’d do whatever I can do to help them in any way they need,” Dorleant said. “If I went there and played early, I’d do whatever I can to help the team.”

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