The Maryland Terrapins have had some struggles when it comes to in state players recently, but 2008 is already off to a great start. Forestville, Md. wide receiver Kevin Dorsey, formerly known as Kevin Chapman, has committed to the Terps.
"He committed a little while ago but I wanted him to wait and make sure he was 100-percent committed," said Forestville head coach Charles Harley, who ran into a tough situation with former player Antonio Logan-El last year. "After Antonio, I told my guys that no one is committing early unless they are 100-percent sure. Kevin is different from Antonio, he's much more mature already. He showed up to meet coach Friedgen in a suit, that's not common."
Dorsey, a 6-foot-0, 174-pounder, had other early offers from UConn and Marshall. He played quarterback most of the season last year out of neccessity but will move back to wideout this year.
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"He's a special player," said Harley. "I've had some great kids here but Kevin is different. It's hard to say whether he's the most talented I've had, but he's certainly the hardest worker. He's so serious and so committed to getting better it's amazing."
Dorsey is a leader on and off the field.
"When we lost in the playoffs last year, Kevin stood up and thanked all the seniors for their hard work. Then he said that if the guys coming back next year didn't want to have this feeling anymore, meet him in the weight room on Monday. He got his own key to the gym so he could work out before school, he's always working."
Dorsey had many reasons for picking Maryland.
"He is very close to his family and he wanted them to see him play," Harley said. "He also liked Maryland growing up and likes the coaches. He was recruited by coach Bossard and liked him a lot."
Dorsey hopes to graduate early and be on campus in January of 2008. He has a 3.4 GPA.