Wanting a Return Flight

After committing to Wisconsin in July, Lely (Fla) High defensive back Makinton Dorleant has seen increased attention from a lot of Florida schools, including Florida State. After making his first and official visit for the Ohio State weekend, Dorleant can't wait to get back to Madison.

MADISON - Wisconsin has a number of upperclassman in the secondary and will be needing replacements in the 2011 recruiting class. Starting cornerback Niles Brinkley is graduating after this season, which is going to open up a competition for a starting spot next season. One of the players that is excited for the opportunity to compete for that job is Wisconsin commit Makinton Dorleant.

The talented 6-foot, 170 pound defensive back from Naples, FL (Lely High School) committed to the Badgers in July.

Dorleant took his official to Madison for the Badgers' 31-18 victory over then-No.1 Ohio State. Badger Nation caught up with Dorleant to talk about his experiences in Madison.

"I got to Madison about 11 o'clock in the morning on Saturday morning," Dorleant said. "I met the coaches. I caught up with Coach Ash. I finally met him for the first time, and then I met my buddy Coach Partridge, who I've had a relationship with. We went up to Heritage Hall and got little information. After that I went down to the academic office and they went through all the academic stuff, where they told me how Wisconsin works. Then they took me back to the hotel."

Dorleant's day was just getting started. In the evening, Dorleant saw the place where he will be playing football for the next four or five years.

"They brought me back to the stadium around three o'clock. I met the other recruits like Jake Keefer, Michael Caputo, Sam Arneson and Terrance Floyd. I caught up with all them boys and talked to them. Good personalities and good guys. After that the game started. From there, you know, the game took over. The atmosphere, the fan base, and the student section made me love it more and more and more.

"I didn't know what I was getting myself into when I got to Madison, but I absolutely loved it," Dorleant continued. "I'm definitely solid on my commitment. I‘m trying to get up to Madison in January when schools starts up in Madison again. All I have to do is finish a class and a half by December, then I'm definitely on my way to Madison. After visiting Madison, I want to get back there as soon as possible. I've been pondering this since I committed in August. I'm very excited about this."

The game day experience in Madison is what really got him excited for the next chapter in his life.

"It was absolutely electrifying," Dorleant said about the game. "I pictured myself getting the kickoff against the No.1 team in the country and taking it to the house in a packed house like that. That is what made it that much more exciting. I loved the city as well. When there is a game in the city, it is shut down. Everyone is there. It's a college town and that is what I really like. There is no NFL team in Madison and that is what I really like about the town."

Meanwhile back in South Florida, Lely High is having a challenging season with a 2-5 record.

Dorleant has recorded roughly 30 tackles, one interception and has over 500 yards on returns, including two kick-off returns for touchdowns.

"I'm very dangerous in the return game," Dorleant said. "I'm special in doing things like that. Hopefully once they see the tape this year I can get a shot at it."

Graduating early and heading to Madison in January, Dorleant can't wait to be a Badger.

"I'm looking forward to putting on the Wisconsin gear and suiting up for the Wisconsin Badgers. I'm excited to just getting in there and getting after it. Especially playing for Coach Bielema, Coach Partridge, and Coach Doeren, who are three good guys, I'm very excited."

Dorleant is currently one of 16 players committed to Wisconsin in the Class of 2011, which includes five defensive backs and two prospects from the State of Florida.

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