More than the Game
Cordell Dorsey, 2014 Safety
Cordell Dorsey, 2014 Safety
Posted Apr 26, 2013

For Abilene (Tx) Cooper safety Cordell Dorsey, football is more than a game. It's an escape. And his six scholarship offers are more than just an opportunity to continue playing at the college level. They're the "golden ticket" to a better future, for both him and his family. My emotional sit-down interview with the rising prospect who used rock bottom, and a sport he loves, to propel upward.

It was four years ago that Cortez Dorsey, now 20 years old, pled guilty to raping a prostitute, and was sentenced to ten years in prison on a sexual assault charge.

"April 6, 2009," younger brother Cordell Dorsey recalled.

It's a day Cordell vividly remembers, one he describes as "a nightmare." Of a single-parent home, Cordell watched his "only real father figure" exit the courtroom handcuffed, leaving him, his mother Dashana Dunlap, his younger sister CoShai and younger brother Lavonce.

And while he still struggles to believe it actually happened, it is a moment that forever changed him for what he thought would never come, the better.

Dorsey's story below.



It was amidst an impressive junior season that the 6-foot-2, 205-pounder received his first offer from Texas Tech, followed by Baylor in February, Washington State, Oregon State, Texas State and SMU.

Having visited both Texas Tech and Baylor, Dorsey has quickly built a "comfort" with both programs and their staffs.

"[Baylor's] Coach Gush and I, we talk for hours, crack jokes," he smiled. "We talk about more than just football. He cares about everything that's going on with me. We've definitely gotten close."

"And Texas Tech, technically, they were the first to believe in me. They offered first. They still show me a lot of love like they did in the beginning. I talk to Coach Cumbie a lot. We've gotten close, too."

This said, Dorsey declared he is keeping all options open and is in no rush to make a decision.

Several other BCS programs are scheduled to be through Cooper in the coming weeks to evaluate the safety in person, Oklahoma, LSU and TCU being three.

"Right now, I'm just waiting it out, taking my time," said Dorsey. "Just hanging on."

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