The Texas A&M coaching staff hosted almost 100 of the best junior and senior high school prospects at its Game Night Camp last weekend. While A&M's 2008 recruiting class has only a few spots left, several high profile uncommitted seniors were in attendance. One of those is Tyler John Tyler (TX) defensive tackle recruit Adren Dorsey.
The 6-foot-4, 285-pound interior lineman made his first trip to a fully-lit Kyle Field on Friday night, and the experience was unique for the east Texan.
"It was good. It was a nice experience," Dorsey said. "It really surprised me. This wasn't like an average camp. It was like a real game with all the lights and music, and we even did interviews after the game."
Dorsey was very impressed by Kyle Field.
"This was my first time on Kyle Field with all the lights," Dorsey said. "It had the feel of a college game and the stadium was huge. It was nice. I enjoyed it."
Dorsey spent a lot of time off the field, hanging out with fellow east Texans Chris Mass and Sedrick Johnson of Arp High School, who committed to the Aggies on Tuesday. He also played beside Rod Davis at tackle and admired the running ability of Desoto's Cyrus Gray.
"Rod Davis is a man. He's a big guy, but he's also very quick for his size and he made a lot of plays," Dorsey said. "On offense, Cyrus Gray impressed me at running back. He's fast and he has that next gear to run by you."
Dorsey has special skills in his own right.
"I think my strength is my overall game and making plays," Dorsey said. "I think I have a good combination of strength and quickness that helps me beat the man in front of me."
But Dorsey recognizes that he needs to continue getting better, and his priorities are getting faster and working on his technique to lower his pad level. His abilities have attracted the attention of many colleges such as A&M, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, USC, TCU, and Baylor to name a few.
With the Aggies already running low on 2008 scholarships, Dorsey and the coaching staff discussed the Tyler native's intentions and timetable for choosing a school.
"They said they really wanted me, and asked where I stand," Dorsey said. "I told them I'm very high on A&M, I've always had A&M at the top of my list, but that I'm just not ready to end the process. My family would like me to see a few more schools before making a final decision."
Dorsey refused to list other schools of interest and indicated that he currently has no plans to make any other visits, but he did mention the factor that's most important to him in finding the right school.
"I want to go somewhere not too far away from home," Dorsey said. "I want to stay close to my family so they can watch me play."
In the meantime, Dorsey will begin preparing for the 2007 season. He's optimistic about the chances of his John Tyler Lions, especially with an experienced defense returning. John Tyler begins fall practices on August 13 with the season opener coming against Texas High on September 1.
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