John Tyler Defensive Tackle Headed to Austin

The Texas longhorns will host their second junior day on Saturday, February 28, and one of the top prospects on hand will be John Tyler defensive tackle Ashton Dorsey. The 6-2, 270-pound tackle is hoping to add to his offer list that currently includes Oklahoma, Tulsa and Texas A&M. Burnt Orange Beat spoke with Dorsey on Sunday about his recruiting process.

The John Tyler Lions have produced a number of nationally recruited defensive linemen over the last couple of decades. The next in line appears to be 6-2, 270-pound Ashton Dorsey, who will be the third brother in his family to sign a Football Bowl Subdivision scholarship in February following Floyd Dorsey (Tulane 1999-2002) and Adren Dorsey (currently playing at Texas A&M).

If the early returns are any indication, Ashton is going to be the most highly recruited of the trio of talented brothers. In 2008, the quick and powerful interior defender posted 65 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, 10 pass break ups and three sacks on his way to 11-5A first team all-district honors as well as first team All-East Texas honors and 5A honorable mention all-state honors.

With the stellar junior season, the regional recruiting attention quickly followed with offers from Tulsa and Texas A&M. Joining the fray most recently were the Oklahoma Sooners giving the talented junior a trio of offers with more on the way.

"I have offers from OU, Tulsa and Texas A&M," Dorsey said. "Texas, Texas Tech, Baylor, Oklahoma State and LSU are also recruiting me," Dorsey added.

With the offers come junior day invitations. Thus far, Dorsey has only attended a junior day in College Station, but will be making a second trip this weekend.

"The only junior day I've been to so far is A&M. I'm going to Texas this weekend with my older brother, Floyd," Dorsey said.

Should the Longhorns extend a scholarship offer to the talented Tyler star, it would bring up an interesting dilemma for the junior if he chooses to stay in state. Play at A&M with his brother Adren or compete against him. Dorsey said they have competed their whole life.

"They're (A&M) up there high, but I could see myself at a lot of places. I could see myself on the defensive line with my brother, but I'm not sure what will happen. Texas is a very good school and it would be nice to play there too. That would be something to play against my brother. He (Adren) said that is something he would enjoy too. We have always competed against each other," Dorsey said.

Dorsey, who is currently playing in a reserve role for the playoff bound John Tyler basketball team, says he is looking at a number of things when he visits a school, including player interaction.

"I'm looking at the depth charts, the surrounding area of the schools, the coaches and really the players and how they respond to each other. The way the players are around each other is important," Dorsey said.

No matter if Dorsey is offered this weekend in Austin, the defensive tackle prospect says he wants to take a couple of official visits before making a decision.

"I plan to take a couple of official visits before I decide on a school. I want to find the place for me," Dorsey said.

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