Sasha Doran Gets Recrutiing Attention

Sasha Doran, a quarterback from Plymouth (MN) Wayzata High, is one of the state's top signal callers. His story of spending three years in a Russian orphanage has been featured by ESPN and the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Doran attended the Minnesota spring game and GoldenSports.Net recently caught up with Doran to learn the latest on his recruitment.

Sasha Doran, 18, ran away from his Russian home when he was six years old and was homeless for a year. A policeman found him and he spent over three years at the Pechory Orphanage, located near the borders of Estonia and Finland. When he was 10, Minnesota became his new home when John and Mary Ellen Doran adopted him.

They also adopted two older girls, Elena and Nadya. The three of them came to America, speaking no English.

Doran started playing football in the fourth grade, which helped him learn how to speak English.

Doran led Wayzata to a 9-2 mark last season, losing to Eden Prairie 7-3 in the first round. Doran completed 114 of 183 passes (62.3) for 1734 yards and 19 touchdowns. He had six games of two or more touchdowns.

What schools are you hearing from right now?

"The Gophers send me letters. Michigan State is. I have a couple of Division II schools from Missouri. One that won the national championship (Central Missouri State). Duquesne and Winona."

Did you play any spring sports?

"No. I am doing 7-on-7 with my wide receivers. We meet up with other schools like Eden Pariaire and Minnetonka. The best cornerbacks and wide receivers are there and we run routes against each other "

What are the expectations at Wayzata for the upcoming season. You always have good teams, but you lost some good players?

"I like our team. We will fill the posts. When somebody leaves, somebody else steps in. We always try to make it to the big game, the championship and our high school expects it from us."

Do you know what camps you are going to try to go to this summer?

Me and my dad are talking about that right now, so I have to narrow them down.

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