This weekend of December 10, Maryland received commitments from four different 2011 prospects. One of them was Makinton Dorleant, a 3-star cornerback from Naples, Fl.
Dorleant, who goes to Lely High School, visited the campus that weekend and said he had a great time. He stayed with freshmen defensive backs Jeremiah Wilson, Mario Rowson, Jeremiah Johnson, and Desmond Kearse, and said the guys treated him like family.
“Those guys were great,” he said. “They treated me like a brother. I actually played against Kearse (in high school) so I was hanging out with another Florida boy, and I liked that a lot. There’s no problem or anything, we’re just going to go out there and compete, even though we’re competing with each other.”
The two Jeremiah’s actually started calling Dorleant “Lil’ Mario”, and it’s easy to see the resemblance. Both are tall corners (Dorleant stands at 5’11″, Rowson at 6’3″) with quick feet and good man-to-man coverage skills.
Dorleant said the team felt like a family, and that was what impressed him most on the trip. “The bond that all the players have with each other is great,” he said. “I really like that.”
He was previously committed to Wisconsin, but decided to open up his recruitment again when “it just came to the point where me and the coaches weren’t on the same page”. Soon after, he chose Maryland. “I’m glad I did,” he said. “Because this is the best place for me.” After the recent coaching changes, Dorleant still said his commitment to the school was “solid”.
Dorleant cited his quick feet and his ability to change directions as his strengths as a corner, but said he needs to work on his hands and his ability to jam receivers at the line. He said he takes pride in special teams, and blocked five kicks last season.
“I just went out there and blocked everything I could,” he said. “If I start on special teams, I’ll be happy as if I start at corner, you know. Anything that can help my team win.”
The senior is a part of a bevy of high schoolers from Florida coming to the Maryland program. The Terps had three Florida natives come into the program last year, and Dorleant joins Jimmy Stewart, Lukas Foreman, and Undray Clark as 2011 Maryland commits from the Sunshine State.
“Maryland’s already fast, but I feel like [the Florida influx] makes it even faster,” he said. “I think it brings even more speed to the defense, especially moving side-to-side, left-to-right.”
This past season, Dorleant had 38 tackles with one interception, and returned three kicks for touchdowns, averaging 35 yards per return.