Dorn Has Carolina On His Mind

Charlotte (N.C.) Vance defensive back Myles Dorn discusses his two recent visits to North Carolina.

Although he’s not ready to anoint favorites, Myles Dorn possesses favorable feelings towards North Carolina after the legacy visited the school twice in as many months.

“They’re always there – they’re always on my mind,” Dorn said of UNC. “But, I have to weigh all my options, as well.”

Dorn, a 6-foot-1, 175-pounder from Charlotte (N.C.) Vance, has collected 13 scholarship offers. He plans to narrow his focus to five schools by the end of his junior school year. Unsurprisingly, he says there’s a good chance UNC makes the cut.

Dorn is unsure when he’ll make a verbal commitment. But, he knows a decision needs to be made in time to prepare for his early enrollment.

When UNC offered Dorn in late February, the staff did so without designating a position. During last Thursday’s visit to the school, he learned that safety is where the coaches see him within their roster.

“I like [safety],” Dorn said. “I have been thinking that it would be the best for me not only for the college level, but for the next level, as well. [UNC] took that under consideration and they talked to me about it.”

Dorn’s father, Torin, starred at UNC in the late 1980s. The elder Dorn began his collegiate career at running back before converting to cornerback. The move helped him assemble a seven-year NFL career.

While the position projection was valuable, the purpose of last Thursday’s visit was for Dorn to spend time with the new additions to the Tar Heels’ coaching staff and also observe practice.

Shortly after arriving on campus that day, Dorn had consecutive meetings with primary recruiter Gunter Brewer, defensive coordinator Gene Chizik, and defensive backs coach Charlton Warren.

“They just talked about the overall family part of Carolina and how I would fit into the defense,” Dorn said. “I know Coach Brewer the best, so [with him] it was more of just regular conversation.”

Brewer and Dorn then headed to an on-campus cafeteria for lunch with UNC’s team chaplain, Mitch Mason.

“[Mason] talked about just everything – the schedule, our personal life,” Dorn said. “We were trying to get to know each other.”

Before practice began later that afternoon, Dorn sat in on a defensive backs meeting. The meeting coupled with the practice allowed him to fully evaluate Warren as a coach.

“He’s a good coach,” Dorn said. “He expects them to do well and I think that’s good. He’s a great teacher in the film room. Everybody’s attentive and everybody’s asking questions and that’s always good.”

While watching practice, Dorn was most impressed by its tempo and efficiency.

“Everybody’s involved, everybody’s moving doing something,” Dorn said.

A month earlier, Dorn attended UNC’s exclusive junior day, which included the UNC-Duke basketball game as well as several unique activities for its attendees.

“They laid it out for us,” Dorn said. “We walked in and they had a red carpet entrance. We played games – we had a [corn hole] tournament.”

Dorn has attended UNC basketball games previously, but that was his first in-person exposure to the Tobacco Road Rivalry.

“It was hyped,” Dorn said. “A regular basketball game, it’s not that hyped. I kind of expected it knowing the rivalry.”

Before attending the aforementioned junior day, Dorn visited NC State. A Tennessee visit was then sandwiched between his two UNC trips. This past Tuesday, he traveled to Clemson.

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