The fans in the stands at Houseman Field (Grand Rapids, Michigan) largely are unaware of Demar Dorsey's story. How he was a big time recruit wanted by the nation's best out of high school. How, at one time, he was committed to Florida, then he switched to Michigan. Ultimately, he ended up at Grand Rapids Community College, where he was initially viewed as a reclamation project for the coaching staff.
No, most of the Raider supporters who turn out aren't aware of any of that, all they know is that number four, "that Florida kid," as he is referred to, is entertaining. The dancing between plays, the excited yelling and cheering on of his teammates, and overall exuberance has made him a fan favorite and the emotional leader of one of the nation's top junior colleges.
"The season has been great," Dorsey said. "I had an ankle injury the fourth game of the season. I hadn't been playing for three or four games. Last week was the first time back, but I only played a half. This right here was my comeback, my welcome back game."
Raiders head coach Tony Annese says every school that calls him about recruiting his players asks about Dorsey. Dorsey himself says recruiting couldn't be more on the backburner right now.
"I haven't even looked into nothing like that. I'm focused on getting out of school here. I know it's going to come down the line where I have to choose, but I have to find the right time to choose. School's what's on my mind right now. That's the main focus."
Fort Lauderdale is a long way away from Grand Rapids, but Dorsey says he has enjoyed his time at the school, his teammates and his coaches, who say that after some initial butting of heads, has been a model citizen.
Many assume that after his time at GRCC is done, he will look to head back south, but Dorsey says his northern experience has opened him up to more possibilities.
"I like it up here a lot. Down south, east, west, it really doesn't matter. Where I feel comfortable, that's where I'm going to choose."
Dorsey had two tackles for loss and a pass breakup in Saturday's 50-7 win over Harper College.