Friday, May 3, 2013
DE Dorton lands coveted USC offer
By Blair Angulo
It’s not that four-star defensive end Malik Dorton (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) had grown disillusioned, but he was thinking rationally.
Childhood favorite USC had extended scholarship offers to 12 other defensive ends, including two from the West Coast in Qualen Cunningham (Chandler, Ariz./Hamilton) and Connor Humphreys (Portland, Ore./Central Catholic). Even Dorton’s high school teammate, ESPN 150 offensive guard Damien Mama, had landed a coveted offer from the Trojans. Assistant coaches Tee Martin and Ed Orgeron visited nearby St. John Bosco on the first day of the spring evaluation period, but they left campus without giving Dorton great news.
"They came out to a workout a few weeks ago and they were really impressed with the way I moved in and out of my stance,” Dorton said. “They told me they would try to get the offer to happen. It was kind of slow, but I got on the phone with coach Lane Kiffin and they offered. I grew up as a USC fan. I literally grew up not even five minutes from USC. I’ve always been around the program, back to the Reggie Bush days and Rose Bowl days when they were real hot. I was a young kid looking at their program hoping one day I could play there. Now that I got the offer, it’s a possibility.
“In my mind, at this point, I was thinking it wasn’t going to come. I wasn’t really worried about it, though. I was shocked that the offer happened. Now that it’s here, I can look into it and gather more information.”
Dorton, the No. 17-rated player in the state, also has offers from Arizona State, Boise State, Colorado, Fresno State, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Oregon State, San Diego State, Texas Tech, UCLA, Utah, Utah State, Vanderbilt and Washington State.
“It definitely changes my recruitment, but I don’t know how much,” Dorton said. “I guess it still hasn’t hit me yet. USC stands out and UCLA is still one of those schools I really, really like. I’m just taking it slow for now.”
There were rumors Dorton was close to committing to the Bruins in February, but he said those were untrue.
“It was kind of a big rumor because I was telling people UCLA was the favorite,” he added. “Everybody assumed and hyped it up as if I was going to commit. But just being on the same team with high profile guys like Bryce Treggs, Nico Falah and some other guys, I’m deciding to take it slow. I hope to make a decision late in the summer or in the middle of the season.”