You can hardly walk the halls at Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco without bumping into a football player who holds a handful of scholarship offers. During Sunday's Los Angeles NFTC, Malik Dorton showed why he is one of them.
The 6-foot-2, 230-pound defensive end was a terror off the edge in one-on-ones, and more than held his own against the top tackle in attendance. It was a performance that could help him add to the 10 scholarship offers he's already received from schools such as Arizona State, Boise State, Mississippi, Oregon State, UCLA and Utah.
"I think Oklahoma and Oregon could be close to offering," Dorton said. "Those are the two schools I've been in contact with I think are close. Tennessee is another one."
Dorton is an interesting prospect to project forward, as coaches at the Nike Camp believe he could develop either into a defensive end or outside linebacker. He said right now he is hearing from schools as a hybrid player, occasionally up in a two-point stance.
"I would prefer my hand in the ground, but I can deal with it either way," Dorton said.
One thing that might affect his future position is what height he eventually reaches.
"Everyone in my family is pretty tall, so I think I have some more room to grow," he said.
Earlier this year, Dorton took unofficial visits to UCLA and USC for junior days, but he is taking his time with the recruiting process. He said it's been fun to hear from schools across the country and there is some pride at St. John Bosco with so many players receiving so many offers. But Dorton has no plans for future camps or visits at this time as he prepares for the spring evaluation period.