Dorleant Commits

2011 prospect and former Wisconsin commit Makinton Dorleant committed to MD this weekend

Defensive back Makinton Dorleant (Naples, Fl.) knew half-way through his three-day visit to College Park this weekend that he wanted to spend his next four years there.

Dorleant will wait until his signing day on February 2, to make it official, but verbally committed after being impressed with the coaches, players and campus this weekend. Dorleant recently withdrew his commitment to Wisconsin.

“I loved the campus. I felt like I fit in perfect with their defense,” Dorleant said. “It’s a solid decision, and I’m very excited about it.”

Dorleant met all the coaches, but talks mostly with Defensive Coordinator and Cornerbacks Coach Don Brown. He also had a pleasant one-on-one talk with Coach Ralph Friedgen where he realized he wanted to come to Maryland next year.

“I felt like I was with family,” Dorleant said. “It was a very good time.”

Special Teams Coordinator Charles Bankins will be working with Dorleant, who prides himself on his special teams play. Last year he blocked five kicks; three punts and two field goals.

“I don’t have to return. I can go on the edge and go block for them, because I get excited about doing that,” Dorleant said, “and he got excited about working me in like that.”

Freshman defensive backs Jeremiah Wilson, Mario Rowson, Jeremiah Johnson and Desmond Kearse all helped show Dorleant around during his visit.

Kearse is from Fort Myers, Fl., and has played against Dorleant in their home state.

Dorleant enjoyed his visit and the Maryland campus. He was shocked when Rowson told him they had to take a bus from South Campus to the Eppley Recreation Center on North Campus.

“It was exciting, it’s a huge campus,” Dorleant said. “There’s a lot of activity going on, and there’s always something to do”

Along with coaches and players, Dorleant talked with the director of academics and was pleased with the mandatory tutoring sessions throughout the year.

“That’s what I like,” he said.

Dorleant plans to travel to College Park in May to take summer classes and get an early jump on playing with the other guys. He plans to spend time in the weight room getting bigger.

“I’m coming in ready to compete as a true freshman,” Dorleant said.

Now that Dorleant has committed, a few other players may follow from Florida. Jimmy Stewart (Cape Coral, Fl.) committed earlier this year, and Lukas Foreman (Naples) has Maryland on his list.

“They’ve got a good group of guys coming in from Florida,” Dorleant said.

“All the coaches were great, the players treated me good and I felt like they were my big brothers,” Dorleant said.

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