Two years ago, former Warren G. Harding strong safety Sidney Glover committed to the West Virginia Mountaineers.
Back then, it seemed like a great move for him personally, but even he didn't realize the impact that it would have on his alma mater. Now, it appears that a pipeline has officially been started as both Mike Dorsey and Davion Rogers have given verbal commitments to the Mountaineers for the class of 2010.
Harding coach D.J. Dota always takes pride in sending his players to college.
"It feels great to know that our program has two more guys in this situation," Dota said. "Playing football beyond high school is one thing, but just knowing that Mike and Davion are both guaranteed to receive a quality education when they leave here is very rewarding. As a coach, situations like this can never get old."
Dota knows Glover's presence at a program like West Virginia certainly didn't hurt Dorsey or Rogers, but ultimately the final decision fell on the current Raiders.
"Sid is a very likeable kid and I know that our players look up to him," Dota said. "At the same time, West Virginia thinks very highly of our program not just because of him, but also because of the talent that our program has put out over the years. Their coaching staff did a great job in recruiting Mike and Davion, and that's why they are going to be Mountaineers."
Dorsey has played several positions in his two years at Harding, but also is expected to settle in at the safety position at the next level. Right now, he's just happy he can put his recruiting process behind him.
"I feel relieved," Dorsey said. "I love what's going on at West Virginia, so I'm not worried about anything else right now in regards to college. I feel at home up there, and I'm glad that I made my decision. This is a very good situation for me."
Unlike Dorsey, Rogers has only had one year of varsity experience up to this point. Being a 6-foot-6, 205-pound outside linebacker, he wasted no time impressing the recruiters as he made the most of his opportunities on the field.
"I can't tell you how good I feel right now," Rogers said. "The coaches made a great effort to get to know us, so we really feel at home up there. Knowing that I have a future playing college football is great for me and my family. I know where I want to be, and that's at West Virginia."
Despite being as tall as the average defensive lineman, the coaches at West Virginia have narrowed their options to put Rogers at linebacker, or possibly in the secondary with Dorsey.
"They like me at linebacker, but they might look into playing me as a strong safety," Rogers said. "I'll do whatever they ask me to do. I just want to be able represent myself the best way that I can. I'm looking forward to any opportunity that they give me to play. I'm very excited."
A few weeks ago, D.J. Williamson gave his verbal commitment to the University of Michigan for 2010. Even with Dorsey and Rogers headed to West Virginia, Dota remains excited for the potential opportunities that the next few months may bring for the rest of his team.
"We're going to take this one day at a time," Dota said. "As a team, we have to prove ourselves on the field. The more that happens, the more opportunities our kids will get to earn scholarships. Like I've said before, our ultimate goal is to get our kids into college. So far, we're on the right track."