“Coach [Gunter] Brewer told me to call him,” Dorn said. “Coach Brewer told me why they didn’t offer before and he said it was about relationships. And then he put me on the phone with Coach [Larry] Fedora. He offered and that was it.”
Whereas his father began his collegiate career as a running back, the younger Dorn will likely begin in the secondary. UNC is recruiting Dorn, a 6-foot-1, 175-pounder who starts at both running back and safety for Charlotte (N.C.) Vance, as an athlete with an eye on defensive back.
“I’m recruited to play DB, but [Brewer] said they could put me anywhere,” Dorn said. “But if I come down there, it will be defense.”
Not only did Dorn’s father graduate from UNC, but so did his mother and uncle.
“It’s great to have this option, it’s a great football team,” Dorn said. “So it’s really, really cool.
“My dad is happy, but he doesn’t want to show any emotion. He doesn’t want me to see any bias to make me feel pressure to go there.”
If anyone from his family is likely to show bias it’s Dorn’s mother, who typically allows her allegiance towards UNC to show much more than his father.
“She was happy,” Dorn said. “She just smiled from ear to ear.”
In spite of his connections to UNC, Dorn lacks a leader or even a group of favorite schools.
“I haven’t visited all of [the schools that have offered], so I can’t rule anybody out yet,” Dorn said.
Dorn’s UNC offer pushes his count into the 12-13 range. He has also recently received offers from NC State, Tennessee, and West Virginia.
Dorn has already made plenty of visits to UNC both as a fan and as a recruit. He’ll return to Chapel Hill as a recruit on March 7 for the Tar Heels’ Junior Day.
“This one, I just want to learn about the whole program and where it’s headed and where it’s at,” Dorn said.
On Monday, Dorn visited Tennessee. He has also made visits to NC State and Wake Forest since the end of the football season.
This Saturday, Dorn will head to Duke.
Dorn plans on graduating from Vance in December and then enroll in college in January. Although he’s unsure when he’ll make a verbal commitment, he said he realizes that he’ll need to make a decision sooner than most recruits.
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