Tigers’ Dorris Going To Ind.
SHADYSIDE – You’ll have to forgive Austin Dorris if he’s singing “Back Home Again in Indiana” too loudly the next few days.
After the upcoming school year wraps up at Shadyside, Dorris will be on his way to Indiana.
The Tigers’ rising senior was extended an offer Monday evening from Indiana University football coach Kevin Wilson and verbally committed during the same phone call, ending a nearly year-long recruiting and camp process.
“I love everything about Indiana,” Dorris said. “The quality of football and education I’ll be receiving is everything I’ve wanted. (Committing) is like having a huge weight lifted off my shoulders. It’s been my dream to play Division I football and now that I’ve finally committed, I can’t even explain the feeling.’
Dorris had upwards of 10 offers, but prior to the Hoosiers, none had come from a BCS-level school. Many of the Mid American Conference schools, Marshall and several FCS schools.
The biggest issue Dorris dealt with on the recruiting trail is the fact that he projects to the next level as a tight end, but he plays quarterback for the Tigers and coach Mark Holenka.
“(The recruiting process) was incredibly frustrating when it started because I didn’t think anyone wanted a kid who doesn’t play tight end as a tight end,” Dorris said. “But, during this I’ve learned it happens more than I thought that future tight ends play quarterback because of their size and athleticism.”
The 6-foot-5, 226-pound Dorris made his first trip to Bloomington last October when the Hoosiers played Penn State. He hadn’t even spoken to a member of the coaching staff prior to that.
He received an invitation through the mail, so he and his father, Bob, decided to make the trip.
“I really liked it when I was up there then based on just how it looked,” Dorris said.
Since then, Dorris’ communication with the coaching staff picked up and he made the trip back a few weeks ago to take part in the Hoosiers’ football camp.
Despite putting forth another sharp effort in the camp, Dorris headed back to Shadyside without an offer.
Trying to remain patient and keep working, Dorris got a message Monday evening from Wilson to give him a call.
“I felt good (about my performance) when I left (the camp),” Dorris said. “When Coach Wilson messaged me and said to call, I had a good feeling that they were going to offer.”
Dorris becomes the eighth commitment for the Hoosiers, who finished the 2014 season with a 5-7 record.
“I am glad this process is over and now I can focus on the season,” Dorris said. “Shadyside football and the upcoming season is all I am focused on now.”
As the Tigers’ quarterback, Dorris helped guide Shadyside to a 12-1 record and trip to the regional final. He ran for more than 1,000 yards and passed for nearly 800 yards and accounting for some 25 touchdowns.