Scouting Report on Ashton DorseyHow we scouted: Film footage, In-person visits, Game settingby Barton Simmons - 09/30/2009
- SpeedDivision I Player
- SizeDivision I Player
- StrengthDivision I Player
- AgilityBlue Chip
- Lateral PursuitBlue Chip
On the Hoof: Dorsey has an athletic build as a defensive tackle but is not overwhelming from a physical standpoint. He is in the 6-1/6-2 range as far as height but does have good length in his arms. Likely won't ever develop into a massive space eater. His tweener size should allow him to move around and line up in several defensive line positions.
Needs improvement: Dorsey has less than ideal size for an interior defender. He must maintain an elite level of athleticism and a high intensity level in college to demand the double-teams that bigger defenders warrant.
Most impressive: Dorsey is ultra-athletic. He is quick off of the snap and explosive at the point of attack. He has strong hands and arms, extends them well when engaged and is able to react to the ball carrier. He can redirect quickly and moves with a purpose. With a high motor and quick feet, Dorsey is very difficult to block in the pass game and at the high school level, his strength and explosiveness makes him very disruptive in the run game as well.
Conclusion: Despite his size limitations, Dorsey's athleticism could lead to him contributing very early on the college level. He has some qualities in his game that you canâ€™t teach, such as effort and instincts and he plays physical enough to mix it up with college offensive linemen. Much like Jacobbi McDaniel has contributed early at Florida State, Dorsey could have a similar impact at Texas.
Barton Simmons is a Football Recruiting Analyst for Rivals.com. He was an all-state performer for two-time state champion and nationally ranked Nashville (Tenn.) Montgomery Bell Academy in high school and was a two-time All-Ivy selection as a safety at Yale.