In February, the Texas A&M coaching staff hit the ground running with the Class of 2008 and landed 20 early commitments by early March. One of the most coveted prospects in that group is Birdville High School quarterback Tommy Dorman. As a junior in 2006, Dorman put up astounding numbers throwing for 2258 yards and adding another 891yards on the ground. Even more impressive is his ability to find the end zone, throwing 27 touchdowns and running for 17 more.
The Fort Worth area native recently attended the prestigious Elite 11 QB Camp and competed against some of the best signal callers from across the country, where he excelled and took home several awards.
"I thought I performed well," Dorman said. . "I won the accuracy competition, but more importantly, I learned a lot that will make me a better player. We worked a lot on footwork drills and mechanics."
Dorman enjoyed competing with other highly-rated quarterbacks like Andrew Luck, Tim Curry, and Riley Dodge. The camp also gave the top signal callers a chance to talk and get to know one another.
"It was great to get to know those guys," Dorman said. "We're going through the same experiences and we understand what the other is going through with all the attention. "
So what makes the Birdville quarterback one of the top quarterback prospects in the state of Texas and the nation?
"That's tough to say, but if I had to pinpoint one thing, it would have to be my ability to take what the defense gives me," Dorman said. "Most quarterbacks can beat you either with the pass or the run. I feel equally comfortable doing both and I'll take what's there."
While his junior passing numbers are impressive, Dorman indicated that his production through the air actually declined from his sophomore year.
"After my sophomore year, defenses were laying back and dropping defenders into coverage to slow down our passing attack," Dorman said. "So that opened up the running lanes and I ran a lot more because the opportunity was there and it forced defenses to adjust which eventually opened up the passing game again."
Asked about his passing style, Dorman likes to get the ball to his target as quickly as possible.
"I like to put the ball on a line and fit it into traffic," Dorman said. "People say I'm a hard thrower. The quicker you get the ball to your target, the less likely you are of having somebody in another jersey catching it."
Given that the 6-foot-3, 210-pound quarterback threw only two interceptions in 256 attempts last season, that's a pretty sound philosophy. But it isn't just about philosophy that makes Dorman such a top prospect. He's physically gifted and has all the athleticism and size to excel at the next level.
"I'm still growing. The doctor says I'll probably top out at 6-foot-5," he said. "I've got a pretty strong arm and I've been electronically timed at 4.64 in the 40 at the Velocity Sports Performance training center."
It was that athletic ability and his high school resume that had many college coaches lined up to recruit the Texas blue chip, but the coaches didn't wait in line long as Dorman quickly committed to the Texas A&M coaching staff in February, giving A&M their quarterback for the future.
"I came down to A&M last summer for the week-long camp and stayed in the dorms and hung out around campus and the facilities," Dorman said. "I fell in love with the place. I knew then that if A&M offered me, I was going there."
Dorman elaborated on his reasons why he chose Texas A&M so early.
"It's a big school in a small town. The community revolves around the university," Dorman said. "The traditions are great. I have great trust in the coaches. The players and other commits are great. A&M is the one for me. I'm 100 percent committed to A&M."
With recruiting out of the way, Dorman is focused on his senior season and leading his teammates to the postseason. He also is preparing to graduate at mid-term and joining the Aggies for 2008 spring practice.
"I've got everything lined out with my academics and I'll be enrolling at A&M in January," Dorman said. "But now, I'm completely focused on my senior season and doing what I can to help my team win and be successful."
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