Dorsey Wraps Up Strong Junior Season

Forestville High School (Md.) wide receiver Kevin Dorsey, University of Maryland football team's first commitment for its 2008 recruiting class, recently finished a stellar junior year. Dorsey, who committed to Maryland the summer before his junior season, had 28 receptions for 1,025 yards and 12 touchdowns and led Forestville to the state playoffs.

On defense, Dorsey started out playing safety and then moved to cornerback, recording Dorsey 10 pass break-ups and two interceptions in addition to 42 tackles.

“The season went pretty well,” said Dorsey, who stands 6-foot-2 and weighs 175 pounds.

This off-season, Dorsey plans to work on his speed and strength, preparing not only for his senior season at Forestville but for college as well. He said he wants to make sure that he’s “fast enough, quick enough [and] strong enough to not only play on that level but to excel on that level as well.”

The Terps are also recruiting Dorsey’s teammate, standout senior tight end-linebacker Devonte Campbell.

“I’m not too sure where he’s going to go,” Dorsey said of Campbell, who visited UM officially last weekend and takes a trip to Illinois this weekend.

Dorsey said opposing teams had difficulty covering both he and Campbell, noting that one of them was open when opponents double-teamed the other.

He said if the two were re-united in College Park that “it’d be pretty nice.”

When asked if the early commitment makes his life easier or raises his future expectations, Dorsey said there are elements of both. He noted that he will have a chance to familiarize himself with the offensive scheme and said he will be coming to school a semester early – next winter.

By doing so, he said, one of the advantages he will have is spending some time with the quarterback, something that he wouldn’t have as much of if he were to come in at the start of the regular season.

Dorsey said he plans to buckle down on his courses once he gets to Maryland and once he gets into school, it’s “just work and football … I can sit here. I don’t have to worry about the roar of 50,000 fans plus yet. You just got to worry about getting to practice every day.

By ending his recruitment almost before it even got started, Dorsey “doesn’t have to go through the grind” that Campbell has to go through,. Harley said. “It’s fun, but on the same level, it’s taxing,” said Harley, referring to the recruiting process.
During last off-season’s recruiting cycle, Maryland failed to lock up many local players, including Forestville offensive lineman Antonio Logan-El, who ended up going to Penn State University after verbally committing to Maryland.

“I thought Maryland did a wonderful job recruiting him. … It just went sour in the end,” Harley said about Maryland and Logan-El. Dorsey, though, said he will honor his commitment to Maryland.

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