January 7, 2010
Ohio Safety plans Spartan visit
Safety Mike Dorsey of Warren Harding High School in Ohio made an early commitment to the West Virginia Mountaineers. The last few weeks he has decided to take several official visits in order to make sure that wherever he ends up, it is the best place for him. SpartanMag.com caught up with Dorsey and got some details on his recruitment.
The 6-foot-3, 205 pound Dorsey is rated a 3-star prospect and the #26 safety in the nation by Rivals.com. He rated that #2 safety in Ohio by OhioVarsity.com. We asked Dorsey about his scheduled visits for the month of January.
"I am going to Michigan State on the 15th. The weekend after that I will go to West Virginia and then I will follow that with a visit to Michigan."
Defensive Coordinator Pat Narduzzi serves as the primary recruiter of Dorsey for Michigan State. He has been in frequent contact with Dorsey over the past year and the Spartans were one of the first teams to extend him an offer.
The Spartans recruitment of Dorsey went to another level recently with the dismissal of projected 2010 starting safety Roderick Jenrette. His departure along with the graduation of Dan Fortner and Kendell Davis-Clark mean that whoever comes in at safety will likely be asked to make an early impact.
SpartanMag.com asked Dorsey what will be the important factors he will be using to determine which school he will eventually sign with in February?
"It will come down to how I feel when I visit there, how I get along with the coaching staff and the depth chart at my position."
Dorsey went on to indicate that he recently had his in-home visit with Michigan State and West Virginia will be coming tonight to visit him.
Some have speculated that Dorsey could grow into a linebacker at the next level, but that is a bit premature at this point. Michigan State apparently views him as a big physical presence e that can man the secondary. Spartanmag.com asked Dorsey what are his strength as a player?
"My tackling ability and the way I react on the ball, he said. I also have very good field awareness."
Those skills, especially the field awareness, are what separate the good from the great when it comes to safety play. The margin for error in the secondary is slim and whoever is back there needs to understand the nuances of the game.
Spartanmag.com will continue to follow-up with Dorsey in the coming weeks. His final decision could come down to signing day. One team will certainly be excited when his signature comes across their fax machine.
Matt Dorsey's Take: Dorsey's recruitment is going to be very competitive over the coming weeks. Michigan State is making a strong push and the early play time is a positive factor. Another factor that could be key is the stability of the staff involved. Both Coach Dantonio and Coach Stewart do not look to be going anywhere soon. The pressure is on in Ann Arbor. If Coach Rodriguez doesn't win big next year he could be gone. Michigan, once the most stable program around, is not very unstable and that does impact players and their parents when they are make a decision.
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