The Terps are attempting to add multiple receivers to their 2016 class, and on Jan. 15 the staff extended an offer to a diminutive slot receiver out of Highland Springs (Va.). Greg Dortch, who has been committed to Wake Forest since last August, added his second power-five scholarship from UMD receivers’ coach Chris Beatty.
“It was an honor to get that offer. I was pretty excited about it,” said Dortch, a 5-foot-8, 170-pounder who runs the 40-yard dash in a laser timed 4.52. “Coach Beatty told me about the offer on the phone, and then [on Jan. 14] he actually came down to my school to meet me in person. So that was really cool.
“I knew him when he was coaching at UVA, but he didn’t really recruit me much there because I didn’t fit Virginia's pro-style offense. But he’s a pretty cool guy, and I know he’s developed players like Tavon Austin and Percy Harvin. I feel like I could learn a lot from him if I went to Maryland.”
Dortch has not met Maryland offensive coordinator Walt Bell, but he’s heard about his system. He believes slot receivers can thrive in that type of up-tempo spread.
“I could definitely fit in at Maryland,” Dortch said. “I think I could develop well and they’d use me the right way there.”
The Highland Springs product has been in College Park, Md., before. He said during his 10th grade year he trekked up for a UMD-Clemson game in Byrd Stadium at the behest of former UMD coach and Virginia-area recruiter Lyndon Johnson.
“I went up there for a game and really liked it. It was a really cool campus,” Dortch said. “I liked the stadium, the facilities and the fans. But then they didn’t really recruit me all that much, so I kind of lost interest. I haven’t really looked at Maryland in awhile. But now that I have the offer I’m looking at them again.”
Dortch may be looking at Maryland, but he’s unsure if he’s going to follow through with an official visit or not. He has one set official for Jan. 22 to Wake Forest, leaving open the possibility he could trek to College Park Jan. 29.
“But I’m not sure yet. I’m thinking about it,” Dortch said, “Coach Beatty said he knows I’m committed to Wake, but to just give Maryland a chance and to come up on a visit. I’m considering it, but I can’t say for sure. Even if I did [visit], I couldn’t say whether I’d definitely flip or not. I really like Wake.”
Indeed, Dortch’s first inclination is to stick with Wake Forest. He said the Deacons’ staff has been on him for two years and have stood by him throughout.
“I love the coaches at Wake. They make me feel at home, it’s a school that’s not too far so my family and friends can see me play, and it’s great academics,” Dortch said. “But mainly I love the coaches there. They’re awesome people.”
Dortch put together a stellar senior campaign that ended in class 5A Conference Player of the Year honors. He played slot, wideout, H-back, running back, cornerback and safety for Highland Springs.