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Trace Dorminy: Camden’s New Jumbo Athlete

By Barry Every
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As a junior the 6-foot-5, 218-pound standout played a pivotal role in leading Frederica Academy to the GISA-AAA State Championship game with his play on both sides of the ball.

In Coach Bob Sphire’s first year at the helm of Kingsland (Ga.) Camden County the Wildcats finished a disappointing (3-7/0-3). Struggles were to be expected as Sphire instituted a fast-paced quick strike spread attack at a school that had run the Wing-T since the beginning of time. Camden managed just 1,337 yards passing and seven touchdowns through the air.

Back from last season are Camden’s two leading receivers, Logan Berryhill and Keion Lewis. The pair combined for 61 catches for 738 yards and all seven touchdown receptions. They will not be lone targets this fall as the Wildcats have added jumbo athlete Trace Dorminy, a transfer from St. Simons Island (Ga.) Frederica Academy.

As a junior the 6-foot-5, 218-pound standout played a pivotal role in leading Frederica Academy to the GISA-AAA State Championship game with his play on both sides of the ball. Look for him to be used as an H-Back/Tight end for the Wildcats this fall.

“Trace has worked really hard at picking up on things and has shown a lot of understanding by picking up things in a new system quickly,” Sphire said. “We have been very impressed with his football IQ and his work habits.”

On the recruiting front Dorminy has already picked up offers from Army and Stetson. He is also receiving strong interest from Air Force, The Citadel, Mercer, MTSU, Navy, Princeton and South Carolina.

So far this spring/summer he has attended camps at The Citadel and South Carolina with plans of future stops later this month at Army, Navy and Stetson. Most schools are looking at him as a tight end, but some are intrigued by his overall athleticism and length and see him as a potential hybrid DE/OLB.

“Coach Mitch Ware of Army has been the one coach that has kept in constant contact, at least one or two times a week, he keeps me abreast on how the team is looking,” Dorminy Said. “I also like the fact West Point Head Coach Jeff Monken text’s me on a regular basis. But they are not the only ones as Coach Lou Conte of The Citadel texts and keeps in touch with me on a regular basis.”

One school that seems to be near and dear to Dorminy’s heart is Mercer.

“Mercer is a school I really like a lot because they offer a great education and are close to home,” Dorminy said. “I went to a camp there last year and I really liked their head man, Bobby Lamb.”

Academically Dorminy has a 3.3 GPA with a 22 on the ACT and 1100 on the SAT. He has plans of taking each test again later this year. He is also no slouch in the weight room boasting a 275-pound bench press and a 365-pound squat. Dorminy also possesses some hops having jumped 34-inches in the vertical testing at the South Carolina’s camp last month.

This past spring he worked predominantly at tight end, where he was spread out or used as an H-Back. Though he admits they do use him as a traditional tight end in the four power running formations the Wildcats use. He also saw action at quarterback in four practices, something that came in handy when starter Logan Watson was held out of the spring scrimmage versus Folkston (Ga.) Charlton County due to a hip flexor.

“We have thrown a lot at him at the quarterback position to help him understand all the concepts from that perspective before bouncing him over at tight end and H-Back,” Sphire said. “We really look forward to seeing what he can do as a blocker in certain schemes once we are able to practice again in full pads. He has really good size and has displayed good ball skills in our passing game so far this summer at our 7-on-7 workouts.”

It’s never easy being the new guy, especially when you’re a senior. But as Coach Sphire alluded to, Dorminy’s size and athleticism make him an attractive option in their offensive attack. It doesn’t hurt either that he has the versatility to play quarterback in a pinch.

“I really think playing quarterback has helped me better understand the nuances of playing both tight end and defensive end. Dorminy said. “I feel my leverage as a blocker is one of my biggest assets, defensively I am able to decipher the plays before they happen based on the offensive formations.”

It will not be easy turning the tides playing in Region 1-AAAAAAA with the likes of Moultrie (Ga.) Colquitt County, Valdosta (Ga.) Lowndes and Tifton (Ga.) Tift County. It’s going to take more than performing on game day for the Wildcats to make the playoffs for the first time in three years.

“As players we must be held accountable, my father is the owner of a company and he holds his employees accountable, I’ve learned that giving 100% effort is the key to success,” Dorminy said. “It’s the simple things like making every workout, showing up to practice ready and on time. I am willing to help my teammates in any way possible in whatever capacity they need me in order to make Camden great again.”

On film this jumbo athlete looks the part of a run mashing tight end that uses full extension while running his feet till after the whistle blows. And as a neutral observer at the ESPFC Camp this past March it’s safe to say he possesses soft hands and plays with the type of aggression coaches covet.

College recruiters will be able to see Dorminy in action at his new school on September, 7 and 14. The Wildcats will be on the road versus regional rivals Richmond Hill (Ga.) and Brunswick (Ga.). The first Region game will be October, 12 at the Hawg Pen versus national power Moultrie (Ga.) Colquitt County.