Malik Dorton will have a busy January ahead of him with trips to USC and ASU as he figures out his recruitment and what's best for him.
The four-star defensive end helped his Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco squad to the state bowl championship over Concord (Calif.) De La Salle this past weekend. Next up he will figure out trips in January to USC and ASU and he promises Oklahoma cannot be counted out yet, either.
Before the dead period, Dorton, who's been committed to USC since late August, talked with new coach Steve Sarkisian and he's waiting to see how the staff gets filled out.
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"I'm going to take official visits to SC and Arizona State," Dorton said. "That's about it.
"I spoke with coach Sark right before the dead period. Coach Sark told me they're trying to put together the defensive staff and they're trying to find a coordinator and a d-line coach. We'll just go from there when they get their staff set."
Arizona State is a serious contender for Dorton, who played well in Bosco's win over De La Salle on Saturday night. The four-star believes the defense fits him well so getting out to Tempe in January could be crucial in his recruitment.
"It is a legit option," Dorton said. "I have a really good relationship with the coaches and I could see myself fitting in with that defense."
De La Salle had been virtually unstoppable in the open championship game for years but Bosco found a way to slow the team down. After giving up 49 points to Corona Centennial the week prior, Dorton said Bosco's defense was highly motivated.
"Just playing our assignments, playing assignment football and putting our hearts on the line," Dorton said.
"We wanted to get out here and prove everybody wrong. Everybody felt our defense wasn't going hold up against De La Salle. It did and we took that personally."