Spring Practice Road Trip: Dorsey High School

When speaking of California high school football powers, Susan Miller Dorsey High of Los Angeles stands near the top. In his 20 years at the helm, head coach Paul Knox has led the Dons to several Los Angeles City Section Championships, and sent almost 100 players to Division 1-A colleges. GoBlueWolverine.com stopped by Dorsey on Monday, where no less than five current players sport offers from top schools.

The walls in the office of Susan Miller Dorsey head football coach Paul Knox are adorned with photos of former Dorsey players who have gone on to play football at Division 1-A college programs. The Dons are a juggernaut in the California Interscholastic Federation Los Angeles City Section, and this season will be no different. No less than five players are already sporting multiple offers from some of the top college football programs in the country. On Monday, GoBlueWolverine.com paid a visit to a Dorsey spring practice to see the talented team first hand.


Running back/safety Stafon Johnson of Dorsey High School in Los Angeles reports over 30 offers, including one from Michigan.
Stafon Johnson - Running Back/Safety

Stafon Johnson is a 6-foot-0, 200-pound speedster who reports a 4.38 time in the 40-yard-dash. Although he is recovering from a hamstring injury which kept him out of competition in the recent California State Track Meet in Sacramento, he was out on the field working with the coaches.

He reports over 30 offers, with a top five of USC, Cal, Miami, Florida, and Michigan. "Coach (Ron) English wants me to come back to camp," he said. "But I'm not sure yet. I don't know which camps I'll be going to."

Johnson said Florida is the best shot for him to see the field early. He said he talks to Florida head coach Urban Meyer often. "He text messages me all the time," Johnson said.

In last year's L.A. City Section final against Birmingham, Johnson laid a vicious hit on Patriots wide receiver Corey Anderson. Johnson then stripped the ball and ran it back 65 yards for a touchdown. Unfortunately, a penalty negated the play. Johnson has stated all along that the position he plays in college is of no concern. "Running back or safety, it makes no difference to me," he said.


Linebacker Mark Johnson plans to take all of his visits before deciding.
Mark Johnson - Linebacker

Mark Johnson lists USC, LSU, Ohio State, and Miami as his top four. "A lot of schools are competing for the fifth spot," he said. All have offered except for USC, Johnson added. While USC is high on his list, and he said his parents would like him to stay close to home, an offer from the Trojans won't get an automatic commitment. "I still want to look around and take all my trips," Johnson said.

Michigan was though of at one time to be one of the schools Johnson would consider. However, that isn't the case, and the Wolverines don't appear to be actively recruiting the talented defensive player at this time. He doesn't have an offer from Michigan.

During his junior year he recorded 150 tackles, including 10 sacks. He had 11 forced fumbles, eight fumbles recovered, one interception and one blocked field goal.


Defensive end/tight end Keith Browner said he would rather play on the defensive side of the ball.
Keith Browner - Defensive end/tight end

Keith Browner is a talented player on both sides of the ball. However, he sees his future on the defensive line. "I like to hit people," he said. "I just don't understand getting hit." He said UCLA and Miami are recruiting him as a tight end. Browner added that he will attend the full-contact camp at Cal this weekend.

The 6-foot-6, 235-pound Browner reports 13 offers and favors Cal and Miami. His father played at USC, however, that won't be a factor in his decision. Charisse Browner, Keith's mom, said they want their son to make his own name, and will not push him to any school.

Browner reported a slight tightness in his hamstring, and was taking it easy during Monday's practice. He did run a few routes in the tight end drills, and showed good hands. He said he would take all five of his official visits before deciding.


Lineman Jovon Hayes lists a top seven of USC, Arizona, Arizona State, LSU, Florida, and Oklahoma. He said all except USC have offered.
Jovon Hayes - Offensive lineman/defensive lineman

Jovon Hayes is a 6-foot-3, 315-pound lineman who plays on both sides of the ball. He reports a top seven of USC, Arizona, Arizona State, LSU, Florida, and Oklahoma. He said all but USC have offered and he does report an offer from the Wolverines, though they aren't one of his favorites.

Hayes showed impressive mobility for someone his size. Lining up at the guard position, he showed quickness and good footwork during pulling drills.


Cleveland Jones will join Jovon Hayes as a one-two punch on the interior offensive line for the Dons this season.
Cleveland Jones - Offensive lineman/defensive lineman

Listing offers from Arizona, Arizona State, and Washington State, Cleveland Jones just may be the sleeper on the Dorsey team. He is a 6-foot-6, 335-pound behometh who mans the other guard position. The combination of Hayes and Jones will be an irresistable force for opposing defenses this season.

Jones also showed good agility and footwork during drills, though he is not as polished as Hayes. One of the Dorey coaches gave the reason. "He only started playing football two years ago," Coach Harris said.

Jones said he hasn't heard from Michigan.