It’s not that four-star defensive end Malik Dorton (Bellflower, Calif./St. John Bosco) had grown disillusioned, but he was thinking rationally.
Childhood favorite USC had extended scholarship offers to 12 other defensive ends, including two from the West Coast in Qualen Cunningham (Chandler, Ariz./Hamilton) and Connor Humphreys (Portland, Ore./Central Catholic). Even Dorton’s high school teammate, ESPN 150 offensive guard Damien Mama, had landed a coveted offer from the Trojans. Assistant coaches Tee Martin and Ed Orgeron visited nearby St. John Bosco on the first day of the spring evaluation period, but they left campus without giving Dorton great news.
On Friday, it was finally Dorton’s time.