Jalloh To Bring Physical Play

West Virginia's latest football signee might not be the biggest or fastest guy on the field, but when the ball is in the air he views it like a hungry bulldog eyes a big steak.

"I love being the one in control," wide receiver Dorrell Jalloh told BlueGoldNews.com of the feeling he gets when a pass is up for grabs. "When that pass is up there, only two people can get it. It's just me and the defensive back. I look at it like I'm the one in control, and I'm going to be the one that gets it."

Jalloh's words aren't just empty talk. The first team all state selection racked up 1531 yards in receiving this year while earneing a slew of team records. He also contributed 651 yards on kickoff returns, and had more than 2200 yards and 13 touchdowns of all-purpose offense.

As might be expected from a player with his views on wide receiver play, Jalloh views his strength and aggressiveness as his key attributes as a receiver. Some of those attributes likely come from his pre-high school days as a running back, where he played before switching to wideout as a tenth grader.

"The difference between me and a 6-3 guy is my strength," the 6-0, 185-pound wideout said. "I know how to use my body, and I can go get the ball. I know how to separate, and I know how to use all those things to catch the ball."

The senior record-setter doesn't plan to rest on his laurels, however. Although he's confident of his abilities, he also is quick to note things he wants to work on. Chief among those is a skill that not many high school players have high on their list.

"I want to work on my routes," Jalloh noted. "I run good routes now, but I want to be more precise. I want to run each route to perfection."

Like several other skill position players in this year's class, Jalloh ran in a spread offense in high school, so he has an idea of what to expect when he dons the Gold and Blue for the Mountaineers. And although plans are for him to greyshirt right now and enroll next January, Jalloh has no problems with waiting a few extra months to join the program.

"The coaches just showed me great hospitality on my visit," Jalloh noted of his recent visit to the WVU campus. "They treated me great. I really liked the atmosphere, too. Seeing everyone walking around wearing blue and gold, that told me how much everyone was into it. The people there love football, and I just wanted to be a part of that."

Jalloh, who qualified late, believes that fact limited some of the shcools that were recruiting him. He received a late offer from Wake Forest as well as some smaller schools, but when his qualifying score came in he was quick to take WVU's offer. He also had a bit of a previous tie to West Virginia, as a cousin, Dave Gilmore, played football for the Mountaineers.

Jalloh played against some excellent competition, squaring off against three different teams that made it to state finals in different classifications. "I knew I would have to work hard to beat those guys," he said of the defensive backs he faced.

Jalloh, who also participated in track at West Guilford, ran the 200, 400 and 4x400 relays. His most recent 40-yard dash time was a 4.5.

The well-spoken senior plans to major in broadcast journalism at West Virginia, and showed that he has a talent for speaking during his interview. He notes that Deion Sanders is one person he likes to watch as a broadcaster, and it's not hard to imagine him one day covering a game with an insider's perspective. Of course, that's in the future - for now, WVU fans will be anxious to see him making plays rather than just describing them.

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