Dorzan has big trip scheduled

One of the more elusive and talented JUCO running backs in the country heading into this past season was Lackawanna's Bloi-Dei Dorzan (5-9, 207) and he's parlayed his abilities into a visit to one of the top programs in the country. caught up with Dorzan recently and he updated us on his season, his interesting journey to Lackawanna and how recruiting is coming along.

"Recruiting has been going really well," Dorzan told earlier this week. "I'm actually heading to Penn State this weekend and I'm really hoping they offer because that's the school I've had a ton of respect for over the years.

"Jackson State has offered me and so has Kansas State. Louisiana Tech, Temple and Virginia Tech have also been taking looks at me and Temple just called me earlier this week, but really Penn State, Jackson State and Kansas State are the three that are recruiting me the hardest right now."

Dorzan is 23 -- he graduated from high school in 2003 -- and he thought about giving up football after failing to qualify out of high school.

"I had a bunch of schools recruiting me back then," Dorzan lamented. "Virginia, Maryland, Boston College, Virginia Tech and Clemson were all after me, but I didn't have the test scores.

"After that, I was pretty much a big knucklehead and not doing much, but I started playing flag football and some of my friends said I should start playing football again because I was wasting my abilities and talent. I also had a daughter and I wanted to be successful for her, so I decided to start looking around at playing again.

"I called coach (Mark) Duda and he told me to send my film and then when I sent it he was like 'we want you to come and play for us' so it was cool and I came here and it's been pretty great."

After a standout freshman season, Dorzan was expected to set the JC world on fire, but an MCL sprain in his left knee kept him out of two games.

"I toughed my way through it, but I couldn't go for two games," Dorzan said. "I missed the Navy and Hudson Valley games, but when I came back it was feeling great and I rushed for over 100 yards in each of our last three games."

Dorzan finished the season with 681 yards on 125 carries -- a 5.5 yard average -- and three touchdowns.

Dorzan's physical numbers are impressive -- a 4.35 forty time, a 410 pound max on the bench press and a 39-inch vertical -- but don't look for him to be a scat-back or a change-of-pace guy, he'd carry the ball every down if he could.

"My speed is what helps me, but with my size I can run inside or oustide and be just as effective," Dorzan said. "I'm an all-around back that can make plays running it or catching it."

Dorzan will graduate in May with his two-year degree and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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