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Trace Dorminy Commits to Army

By Jim Johnson
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Trace Dorminy, a 6’5 220 lb. QB/TE from Camden County, has announced that he will be attending the United States Military Academy to play for Head Coach Jeff Monken’s Black Knights.

“I chose Army because coming out of college with a good, guaranteed job is unbeatable."
~Trace Dorminy

Trace Dorminy, a 6’5 220 lb. QB/TE from Camden County, has announced that he will be attending the United States Military Academy to play for Head Coach Jeff Monken’s Black Knights.

“I chose Army because coming out of college with a good, guaranteed job is unbeatable,” Dorminy explained. “No other school can do that for you. That was the biggest thing for me.”

Dorminy, who is one of the top 60 players in South Georgia for the Class of 2019 according to Southern Pigskin recruiting expert Barry Every’s most recent ranking (which is high praise given the number of players the state sends to the FBS, annually), will bring toughness, athleticism, intelligence, leadership, adaptability, and versatility to West Point. He, no doubt, promises to be an excellent addition to Monken’s current class.

“Coach Monken said that I was the first tight end that he’s committed that he really thinks is a true tight end,” he continued, “in the sense that I can play off the ball or with my hand in the ground, that I can catch the ball and run after the catch, that I can run block and pass block. He thought I could bring a whole new dynamic to the offense.”

Academically, Dorminy has a 3.3 GPA with a 22 on the ACT and 1100 on the SAT. No slouch in the weight room, either, he boasts a 275-pound bench press and a 365-pound squat. He’s got some hops too, having jumped 34-inches in the vertical testing at a recent South Carolina camp.

Having begun his career as a quarterback, he played both sides of the ball, as a tight end and an outside linebacker for Frederica Academy, playing an integral role in the team’s run to the state title game.

Now at his third school, Dorminy has continually shown an aptitude for learning, adjusting, and, ultimately, excelling on the fly.

“Learning quickly is something that I’ve always enjoyed. I like to learn about all kinds of different football styles,” the rising senior elaborated. “That and the fact that I’ve played three different positions -- quarterback, tight end, and outside linebacker -- has helped. It makes it tough, learning all the calls and signals and the playbook, but it brings a whole other level of fun to the game, for me.”

From an Every piece on him, earlier this 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,” Camden County Head Coach Bob 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.

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.

Obviously, the combination of size, athleticism, and attitude is what catches the eye, but it’s the intangibles that set him apart.

At each new stop, and each subsequent new role, Dorminy has consistently, and without fail, found a way to thrive in the face of adversity. And he’s done so whilst exhibiting the utmost leadership from Frederica Academy to his captaincy of the ‘Greed-D-Boyz’ seven on seven team, and now at Camden County.

The Wildcat, soon-to-be Black Knight expanded, “My style is to lead by example. I’m not one of those guys that tries to tell someone to do something and then not be able to do it myself. I want to make sure that I can do it right, as well.”

A shining example of always doing whatever it takes to perform at the highest level in the classroom, as well as both on and off the field, Dorminy is poised to continue learning, adapting, and succeeding at one of the nation’s premier institutions.

“My play styles, since I’ve played in so many systems, is very versatile. I like to play fast. I like to play hard. I like to play with my hand in the dirt. I like to play in space. I like to play so many different styles, and that’s why I love the game so much -- I get to do so many different things all in one game or practice,” the recent commit summated.

Jeff Monken and that staff at Army know a winner when they see one. They’ve seen one and gotten one in Trace Dorminy.

Jim Johnson - Editor of Southern Pigskin, Producer of "Three & Out", and host of "Explosive Recruiting" on the Southern Pigskin Radio Network. E-mail: Twitter: @JimJohnsonSP