Attention Picks Up After Switch From OG to DT

Adren Dorsey used to get a lot of questions about his second cousin Earl Campbell. By the way, he doesn't know the 1977 Heisman Trophy winner or the eight-year NFL standout running back very well and rarely sees him. That question has taken a back seat to what college are you going to go to. The 6-foot-4, 285-pound defensive tackle certainly has options.

From Tyler, Texas, Dorsey reports offers from TCU, Baylor, Texas A&M, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. He has been by Texas for junior day, and is receiving mail from the likes of Nebraska, and Notre Dame.

"It was pretty shocking," Adren Dorsey said about the mail and then the offers. "I was appalled. I didn't expect for all this to happen so quickly."

Dorsey also expected to be an offensive guard. That's where he started out his junior season, but when districts rolled around, he moved to defensive tackle. All four of Tyler High's wins (4-6) came with him on defense.

In limited action, Dorsey had only 12 tackles and four-and-a-half sacks, but his ability to eat up gaps and open things up for the linebackers, has him ranked as the 54th best player in the state according to

Dorsey was a reserve defensive tackle as a sophomore, but has yet to come into a season focused on the position. He is excited about the upcoming fall.

"I was getting reps during the preseason, just not as many as I should've been getting," Dorsey said.

"I started to play better at defensive tackle as the season went on. My strengths are my ability to read the play, read the offensive lineman."

That's because he was always one, though he doesn't expect to play it much this year.

Dorsey said the college interest began to pick up for him when he moved to defense, and even more so after his performance back in January at the U.S. Army National Combine in San Antonio.

"I did pretty well," Dorsey said. "I banged my hand up before I got down there, so I wasn't able to get rid of the guy blocking me as fast as I normally could."

Dorsey reported a GPA of 3.2, a bench press of 315 pounds and a squat of 500 pounds. A good athlete for a big boy, Dorsey runs the 40-yard dash in 4.9 seconds.

Dorsey lists Texas A&M as his early favorite, described Texas in one word "Wow," and is hoping for an offer from them. He is also hoping to hear more from Notre Dame than just letters.

"From what I've heard and seen on TV, with the games they have on, their teammates and coaches look like they have a nice bond," Dorsey said. They all look like they are on the same page, like they are one unit instead of one guy. I think that is most important. And they have a successful program."

"They could use me in their run defense."

Some school will have Dorsey lining up on its run defense. Until he decides on a college, he will be hearing questions about what school he is going to attend. When those inquiries end, there will always be the occasional Earl Campbell question. Top Stories