Recently, Demar Dorsey was featured in an article in the Grand Rapids Press. It detailed the legal transgressions that brought him from national recruit and one time Florida commitment to Michigan commitment to Grand Rapids Community College.
In it, Dorsey said all the right things. He talked about how he was at CC with a purpose, and predicted he would be the next defensive player to win the Heisman.
After practice on Monday, Raiders head coach Tony Annese referred to article. He made sure Dorsey knew that now that he had talked the talk, it was time to walk the walk, both on and off the field. Just saying it wasn't enough. It was time to put his actions where his mouth is. This was just a small example of how Annese has bonded with and helped Dorsey: through some tough love.
"Man, Coach Annese pushes me hard," Dorsey said. "I've never had a coach be on me so hard. He's helping me out more as a man off the field and football wise too. He's a great aspect of this right now."
Dorsey barely even wants to talk about football. So far in practice, his teammates and coaches have seen his ability in coverage, and the athleticism that made him such a sought after recruit. That part comes naturally, so he is putting his focus on making sure he gets his academics in order.
"Right now the school situation is going great. I'm ready to get school started and get into this book work. The football team and the talent here is great. It's great to be on this team, but I'm looking more school wise."
As a result, Dorsey has not yet fielded calls from the numerous programs that are still interested in having him once he finishes his time with the Raiders.
"I haven't talked to any schools. Schools have been trying to contact me, but I'm not talking to anyone right now. I'm just looking to get my grades and play here. I'm focused on Grand Rapids right now, not the next school."
It is hard to not think about recruiting when one of your teammates is constantly in your ear though, and that's the situation with Corey Smith, a Tennessee verbal who says he is trying to recruit Dorsey to Knoxville with him.
"Corey's my little brother right now, so we're out here trying to do our thing on the field this year and hopefully we'll be together in D1. Well, not hopefully, we will be togther in D1."
Dorsey says that and everything with confidence. He even talks about the Northern winters, something he had not experienced before with his usual bravado. This, despite the fact that he was the only player wearing sleeves during Monday's practice.
"I'm prepared," he said with a smile. "I was here in January when they said it was the coldest winter they've had in a long time and practicing in the snow."