Florida Junior Likes Ohio State

Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas junior receiver Phil Dorsett is a name that has just begun to hit the recruiting radar. Although surrounded by some of the top talent in America, Dorsett is making a name for himself as a first-year starter. Bill Greene has the latest on this youngster.

Phil Dorsett is not a household name in recruiting circles yet, but the Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas junior wide receiver is off to a great start in 2009.

Dorsett, 6-0 and 175 pounds, is surrounded by some of the top prospects in America, but is starting to receive attention from college recruiters.

One of the schools starting to recruit him is Ohio State and he admitted he has a lot of interest in the Buckeyes. Dorsett played in Ohio Stadium as part of the Herbstreit Classic in August, where St. Thomas beat Upper Arlington 52-7.

"It was unbelievable playing in that stadium," Dorsett explained. "I've never seen anything like it before. We played in Cincinnati last year in the Herbstreit, but this was much better than last year. It was great playing on the same field where Ohio State plays."

Dorsett described his strengths on the football field and also talked about what he needs to work on to be a better football player.

"I think my biggest strength is my speed and I run great routes," he admitted. "I have good hands and receive great coaching. I just try to use everything I have to benefit me on the football field. I've been timed at 4.4 in the forty-yard dash and I think I will get faster as I continue to work hard. I want to get stronger and I think that's my main weakness right now. I'm in the weight room trying to get bigger and stronger."

Although the recruiting process is extremely new to him, Dorsett spoke of his interest in playing at the next level.

"It's still really early for me and we have a lot of seniors that are getting recruited, so I know my time will come," he stated. "I'm hearing from a lot of schools by mail, including Ohio State. I'm interested in Ohio State, Miami, Florida and Florida State the most right now. I would love to have an offer from Ohio State and after being up there, they are pretty high on my list right now."

Dorsett's teammate at St. Thomas Aquinas, Lamarcus Joyner, is very impressed with his play at wide receiver. Joyner, a senior, is one of the highest rated defensive backs in America and has yet to make his college choice.

"Phil Dorsett is a big-time player," Joyner said. "And he's only going to keep getting better. He works really hard and has great speed. I can see him being highly recruited over the next year, and eventually playing college football for a great school."


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