Dorsey brings the total package.
Kevin Dorsey and Teddy Dargan could have waited out the recruiting process and piled offers from numerous major college football programs, but there was no need for that. They knew early on that they wanted to become Terps and thus became the first two commitments of Maryland’s 2008 recruiting class – Dorsey committing before his junior year and Dargan pledging last fall.
Dorsey, a wide receiver from nearby Forestville High caught 12 touchdowns and made two interceptions last season, in addition to making 42 tackles on his way to earning honorable mention All-Met offensive honors.
The 6-foot-2, 175-pound wide-out, showed early in the process that he meant business, showing up to a meeting with Coach Ralph Friedgen in a suit. Despite an extra-early commitment to Maryland the summer before his junior year, Dorsey ensures that unlike former teammate Antonio Logan-El, his commitment is firm.
“Nothing has changed my mind, and nothing will,” he said.
Dorsey was recently recognized as a top 10 Washington-area player in the class of 2008 by the Washington Post, alongside Maryland prospects Kenny Tate, Jimmy Bennett, Lamaar Thomas, Reggie Ellis and others. He plans to enroll a semester early in the winter of 2008 to get some extra practice with the Maryland quarterbacks.
The Forestville receiver said that he is working to improve his 40-yard dash time every day. “I know I’m in the 4.3 [range] for sure,” he said.
He is spending the summer working out as well as familiarizing himself with both Maryland and Forestville’s quarterbacks. He also bench pressed 315 pounds at a workout on Wednesday.
Though he does not keep regular contact with any players on the Maryland team, he does talk to Maryland class of 2007 commit Devonte Campbell regularly.
“We talk every day,” Dorsey said. “I can’t wait to get to Maryland.” Dorsey has spent time since his July commitment getting acclimated to Maryland’s campus.
Dargan, a defensive tackle at Baltimore’s Milford Mill, also opted to end the recruiting process early with a commitment just after the finish of his junior season. The 6-foot-3, 290-pounder finished the season garnering a second straight All-Baltimore County nomination.
Dargan plans to spend the summer in the weight room and in the classroom, working on improving his grades. Like Dorsey, Dargan says that he is still “100 percent positive” in his commitment, despite early thoughts of heading out of state for college.
In a recent workout, Dargan says that his 40-yard dash time was “5.00 flat,” and that he benched 350 pounds. He is working on his 40 time. “I’m trying to get down to 4.9 or 4.8,” he said.
The rising senior at Milford Mill also plays both sides of the ball, including some action at tight end. He says there is no possibility of playing tight end for Maryland. “I would love to, but I don’t think I could compete there on that level,” he said.
Dargan wanted Maryland fans to know, “I’m glad to be a Terp.”
Dargan keeps in touch with Gilman School’s defensive lineman Chris Burnett, who, despite their close relationship, has not received an offer from Maryland. Burnett received second-team All-Metro honors, and is also in the class of 2008.
Dorsey maintains a 3.5 GPA and is awaiting the results from the SATs, which he took earlier this month. Dargan is also awaiting SAT results.