While Dorian Porch may be recruited as a cornerback, he is the type of player who could end up at several different positions on the next level. The 5-11, 180-pound Gordon Central (Calhoun, GA) prospect plays quarterback, cornerback, kick-returner, punt-returner and even punter for Head Coach Bill Long.
As a junior last season, Porch passed for over 1,000 yards and had 500 yards rushing. Defensively, he made 2 interceptions. On special teams, Porch had 1 punt return for a score and 2 kick-off returns for touchdowns. On the next level, cornerback and return-man are two very likely positions for him, although he could also play wide receiver – a position he played before high school. Coach Long feels his star could even play quarterback on the next level if necessary.
“He’s super versatile,” Long said. “Most teams are recruiting him as a cornerback, but I think he could play quarterback if needed. And he fits every school’s special teams need. He could help anyone on special teams. As a cornerback, because he plays quarterback, he has a great understanding for what a wide receiver is trying to do. He breaks fast and he’s a good tackler.”
An outstanding athlete, Porch posted a 4.49 in the 40-yard dash, a 4.31 in the 20-yard shuttle and a 33-inch vertical during the Nike Camp in Atlanta. He says he has lowered his 40-time averages to around a 4.35. What helps him as a cornerback, even more than his athleticism, is the knowledge he has gained from playing quarterback.
“As a quarterback, I know the breaks a receiver is going to make,” Porch said. “Then as a cornerback I know where the receiver is probably going to go. A lot of it is about timing. Looking at a receiver’s stance and where his eyes are looking, I kind of know right away what they are going to do.”
Three Division I-A programs have extended official offers. They are Kentucky, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin. Coach Long says Georgia Tech and Wake Forest are showing “hot interest” as well, but have not offered. Porch camped at the University of Georgia this summer, but they have yet to offer.
Right now, Virginia Tech is the clear leader.
“Virginia Tech is his leader,” Long said. “But then again, he still has not made a decision. I can’t tell what other options there are besides Virginia Tech right now.”
Porch visited Blacksburg earlier this summer, at the beginning of July. Tech made an excellent...
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