SoCal Soph Has Two Early Offers

Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco had a loaded team a year ago led by all-world receiver Bryce Treggs. The future is bright for the Braves and another player to watch is sophomore defensive end Malik Dorton...

Malik Dorton is one of those players that jumps out at you when you're watching Bosco play. He's an explosive athlete and although just a sophomore, he flashed the ability that will undoubtedly make him a national recruit in two years. He was an all-league player as a sophomore and earned all-state underclass honors as well.

"Right now, I have offers from Utah and Utah State," Dorton said. "I'm also hearing from UCLA, Colorado, Arizona, Arizona State and USC. My coaches told me UCLA is very close to offering and like me a lot, same with Colorado.

"I've also spoken on the phone with Michigan but right now, most of the interest I'm getting is just letters or they're talking to my coach about me. A couple of USC coaches were at my La Habra game last year and they started showing interest after that but UCLA is definitely recruiting me the hardest right now."

At 6-2, 220 pounds, Dorton may look short for defensive end but he's far from peaking physically. He has an older brother that is 6-7 and his dad is 6-4. He has already put on about 25 pounds since the end of the season and has been killing himself in the weight room.

"I'm trying to get bigger and stronger every day," Dorton said. "I'm going to the NIKE Camp in a couple of weeks but that's the only camp I know I'll be at right now. It's early for me but I like UCLA, USC and Oregon a lot.

"I would like to stay close to home but at the same time, if I find another school I like better outside of the region, I'll have no problem going there. Right now, I'm looking for the best combination of academics and football that I can find and a place where hopefully I can play early."

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 15 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for Scout.com/FOXSportsNext.
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