Rico Dorsey transferred almost 600 miles away from his home several months ago. Dorsey, originally from South Carolina landed in Hattiesburg, Mississippi at Presbyterian Christian School and found a new home with his fellow Bobcat teammates.
During the 2019 season, Dorsey became a swiss army knife for the Bobcats, lining up at many different positions and succeeding at them all. Because of that, Dorsey is recognized as the Sports601 Offensive Player of the Year for Forrest, Lamar, and Covington County area.
"He’s so versatile. He can catch the football, throw the football a bit, and run the football. His speed is elite. Any time he has the ball in his hands or has the chance to touch it, he has a shot to take it and score a touchdown,” said Presbyterian head football coach Derek White.
Dorsey broke the MAIS state record for most total yards in a season with 3,238 yards from scrimmage and 32 total touchdowns, guiding the Bobcats to a 6-6 overall record.
“I would say overall my senior season has been the best overall in high school. I knew to come in that I would probably have a good season, but I never expected all the stuff that happened to happen. I have to give credit to my coaches for believing in me, putting the ball in my hands, getting me in open space. The linemen for blocking, and everyone who encouraged me and pushed me to keep getting better. It was wonderful and I’m blessed,” said Dorsey.
The senior athlete completed 21 passes for 273 yards and four touchdowns through the air. He also rushed 127 times for 1,699 yards and 17 rush touchdowns. He caught 44 passes for 708 yards and five touchdown receptions. On special teams, he was just as dangerous, scoring six touchdowns on punt and kick returns, totaling 558 yards.
“Rico broke the record for most total yards in a season. He had a phenomenal year. Over 3,000 yards and 30-plus touchdowns. What is amazing is the fact he did it in every phase of the game. He was always trying to find a way to score. He had a great senior season and that was really special for us to watch as coaches and his teammates to help push him forward,” explained White.
Dorsey’s accolades do not stop with total yards, though. He was named the MAIS 6A Player of the Year and first-team All-State. Dorsey was then invited to the North-South All-Star MAIS game where he was named game MVP.
“I worked hard all week. Things started slow, but I said to myself that it would all come to me, and I tried not to get discouraged. I stayed with the quarterback during the all-star week’s practice, so I felt like going into the game we had a bit of a connection. I knew he would get me the ball if I did my job,” said Dorsey on his experience about the all-star game week.
He also talked about how he was able to adapt and play multiple positions throughout the season.
“Playing wide receiver was a given. That’s my natural position. Quarterback, I played that position when I was in middle school, so I kind of had the feel for it. Punt and kick return just comes from wanting it, staying athletic, and having toughness,” explained Dorsey.
His career on the high school football field may be over, however, Dorsey is starting to get looks and offers from teams at the next level in recent weeks including Southern Miss.
“Coming into my senior season I had no offers. It is always good to get offers and try and work to get to the next level. Playing at the next level means so much to me and that is something I have wanted to do all my life. It has been a dream,” said Dorsey.
Whether Dorsey plays in Hattiesburg or somewhere else, you can bet he will elevate a program with his do-it-all mentality.