"I just felt like it was the best fit for me and my future," said Dorn. "I felt the plan they had for me was a plan that I could see myself being successful in.
"I've always wanted to play in my home state and the ACC, so it ended up being an easy decision for me."
Dorn added that NC State was a major factor in his recruitment as soon as they expressed interest.
"They were right away," he said. "Growing up, you always here about UNC, NC State, and Duke... everybody wants to go there. That was a big factor, State being in my home state and in the ACC, a conference I've wanted to play in."
Dorn, a 6-foot-5, 200-pound wing, also considered Miami, Florida, and Texas.
He led the 49ers in scoring as a freshman (12.0 ppg) while shooting 50.5% from the field and 34.5% from 3-point range. His play led to him being named Conference USA Freshman of the Year.
"Individually, I had a good season," he said. "We didn't have the best year as a team thought, but I played well. I still feel like I didn't shoot as well as I could and that's a big interest for me moving forward."
He will sit out the 2015-2016 season but has three years of eligibility remaining and will look to improve as he sits out.
"I want to improve my shooting," he said. "I think I shot well last year, but I want to go from a good shooter to a great shooter. I want to shoot as well as anyone in the ACC. I also want to work on my ballhandling and learn the game more."
NC State has had a history of landing transfer wings under Mark Gottfried. From Ralston Turner to Trevor Lacey and now Terry Henderson the Wolfpack's used the transfer route to add scoring punch on the perimeter. Their success also caught Dorn's eye.
"That stood out to me," he said. "It showed me that the coaches weren't just going in blind and had an idea of what they wanted to do with those guys. The plan allowed them to be successful at NC State."
How did the Wolfpack coaches react to his decision?
"They were excited," Dorn added. "That made me feel good."
Wearing Red is going to be something new for Dorn... and his family. Both of his parents attended North Carolina, and his father, Torin Dorn Sr., was a standout defensive back for the Tar Heels and played six seasons in the NFL.
"They are going to support me," said Dorn, laughing. "My parents will be wearing Red and watching me play my games. I know they'll be there supporting me."
Dorn will head to NC State at the end of the month for the second summer session.