“It was tough decision, but in the end it's about happiness,” Lorenzo Dorr said of his move from West Virginia Wesleyan, where he was on scholarship, to the top tier of Division I and West Virginia University. “I want to pursue my dreams, and my parents are supporting me in this too, even though I will be a walk-on. I am giving up that scholarship at Wesleyan, but it just didn't work out there. I want to be happy, and I know I will be happy at WVU.”
The Mountaineers were involved with Dorr during his high school career. While attending Riverbend High School in Fredericksburg,Va., he a made an excellent showing at a WVU camp, sparking interest from assistant coach Ja'Juan Seider. He also had similar interest from Wake Forest, North Carolina and Virginia Tech, and scholarship offers from other Mountain East schools.
”Coach Seider told me that WVU had already offered all of their running backs, but that he liked me and wanted me to be a preferred walk-on. That was very tough since I had the scholarship offer at Wesleyan. But after this year, I came up to the Baylor game and told him I wanted to transfer. He made me feel like I should be at WVU, and he said the walk-on position was still available, so I took it.”
Working that out was the easy part, though. Like every walk-on, Dorr faces long odds in getting notice or earning a chance. There's also the matter of a stacked running back depth chart, which includes Justin Crawford, Kennedy McKoy and Martell Pettaway . That doesn't faze him, however. He understands what he's facing, but is also confident that he has the skills to compete.
”I have great vision,” he said in detailing his abilities. “I think I am a one cut back – I can stick my foot in the ground and get upfield, and I'm strong at breaking tackles. I never get down on myself, and one of my favorite things is competing.”
Dorr notes that a good bit of WVU's running game, including the inside and outside zone, is similar to what he ran in high school, and that he'll be able to understand the concepts of it quickly. He is set to enroll in January and will practice during the spring, but is awaiting word on whether he will be eligible to play in the fall. Whether that works out, or whether he sees the field at all this year, though, is secondary to what he's already achieved with the transfer.
”I'm happy to be there,” he said of his pending move. “That's where I'm going to graduate from.”