An impressive defensive end emerged this past weekend during the invitation-only Shrine Bowl combine at UNC. Tristan Dorty from West Rowan High School put on a solid showing at the Ragsdale combine earlier this year when he measured in at 6-1, 230 pounds and ran a 4.7-second 40-yard dash. He also had an impressive 30-inch vertical jump. However, it was during dills and one-on-ones that Dorty really shined. He left several high school coaches in attendance wondering exactly where this prospect came from.
Last season Dorty put up huge numbers as he finished off the year with 32 quarterback pressures, 22 tackles for loss, including 13 sacks. As a result he was named all-county and all-region.
Recruiting is just now beginning to take off for Dorty. With one scholarship offer already under his belt, he'll be looking for more over the summer.
"I'm hearing from Virginia, UNC, NC State, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech," said Dorty. "I got offered by Virginia back in February and Wake Forest said they were going to offer after I take my SAT next month. NC State seems like they're real close, too."
Dorty plans to camp at Virginia Tech and Wake Forest this summer and added that everyone is recruiting him as a defensive end or outside linebacker.
He says Virginia is recruiting him the hardest but the rising senior says he's got some other schools in mind currently.
"Right now I like Virginia Tech and UNC," he said. "Those are my top two. NC State would be a close second. They've got some nice facilities and they're close to offering. If they offered, I'd think seriously about them because they've got some nice stuff up there."
Dorty will likely become a major recruiting name as the year progresses, but he doesn't plan to draw his recruiting out if the right offer comes along.
"I'm going to see what happens but if a team comes along and offers that I like, I could commit early."