December 2, 2009

Rebels, Seminoles make final push for 4-star DE

Wayne Dorsey has a few more days before he will make one of the biggest decisions of his life.

The four-star defensive end from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College is trying to focus on his last junior college game, the C.H.A.M.P.S. Heart of Texas Bowl against Navarro (Texas) Junior College in Copperas Cove, Texas, on Saturday.

However, some of the colleges recruiting the 6-foot-8, 255-pound Dorsey aren't exactly cooperating with that timetable. Instead, they're making strong final pushes for Dorsey's coveted signature.

Take Tuesday, for example. Florida State offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher, who officially learned earlier in the day that he would soon be replacing retiring coach Bobby Bowden as the head man in Tallahassee, made the trip to Perkinston to see Dorsey.

"I have a lot of respect for Coach Bowden," Dorsey said. "I've got a lot of respect for Coach Fisher. I probably have more respect for Coach Fisher now after he came over to see me with all of the things happening."

Ole Miss sent a quartet of coaches to Perkinston as well, including wide receivers coach Ron Dickerson Jr., defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix and defensive line coach Terry Price.

"It went good," Dorsey said. "They've got a great situation for me and my family at Ole Miss."

Dorsey said his mother will make the trip down to Oxford sometime next week, likely next Friday, to take a close look at Ole Miss. That should not, Dorsey said, be interpreted as a sign that the Rebels are necessarily his choice.

"As of today, I like the three I took officials to," Dorsey said, referring to Ole Miss, Florida State and North Carolina. "I really liked all three.

Dorsey did not indicate a specific timeframe for his decision. Instead, he said he'll turn his total focus to the final stage of the recruiting process after Saturday's game.

"This week is totally devoted to finishing this chapter of my life down here at Gulf Coast," Dorsey said. "I'm thankful for the opportunities that have been provided for me."

The game itself should be an interesting one for Dorsey, as he'll go against a pair of talented Navarro linemen, David Grant and Robert Griffin. Both players are also top Ole Miss recruiting targets.

"I'm a competitor and I love to compete," Dorsey said. "I've heard nothing but good things about those guys. They're good. They're big. They can move. They're physical. They're good."

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