There is no question that Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey has been one of the most consistently good football talent factories in California over the years. The Dorsey Dons have a long and glorious tradition and it is a good bet that once again there will be several Dorsey players who end up signing D-I scholies.
One of them is sleeper cornerback Theo O'Neil (5-10, 180, 4.5).
One of the reasons that O'Neil is a sleeper is because he transferred to Dorsey from Long Beach (Calif.) Cabrillo as a junior and though he had a solid junior season, he was lost somewhat in the transfer shuffle.
Dorsey defensive back coach Carver Russaw is very pleased that he will be able to coach the talented O'Neil for his senior season.
"Every year during my tenure at Dorsey, I have helped develop at least one player who moved on to the D-I level," Russaw said. "Theo could be the next."
Recent Dorsey defensive backs who are playing on the D-I level are Chris Owens (San Jose State), Jerome Boyd (Oregon) and true freshman Marquise Charles (Utah State).
"Theo has outstanding footwork and can change directions in a flash," Russaw said. "He has what every successful corner needs, and that is flexible hips."
"Theo is very coachable," Russaw said. "He was able to come into our program and quickly adapted to everything we do."
"Theo is not afraid of contact either," Russaw said. "We teach them at Dorsey to be physical and aggressive in the secondary because that's how you get to the D-I level."
One thing that you can take to the bank is if you play for Dorsey, you learn how to be a sure tackler and O'Neil is a sure tackler.
Though the recruiting news was slow on O'Neil it is bound to pick up. Cal, Arizona, Colorado State and LSU are ahead of the recruiting curve on this one as they have all made recruiting inquiries on the talented corner from Dorsey.