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One of the best pass-rushing talents in the 2020 class found his home in the Texas defense.
2020 Highland Park LB Prince Dorbah committed to the Longhorns today over Oklahoma, LSU, and others.
How he fits at Texas: Dorbah is a twitchy athlete in the mold of Joseph Ossai who’s spent the last few years offering Highland Park superstar pass rush from 4i defensive end. He’s only 6-3/215 or so now but should fill out to around 250 in college. He’s a no brainer at B-backer who would excel setting the edge and blitzing from a few different angles but the real question is how mobile he might be if working from different alignments. Could he spin inside to rover in dime? Or will he grow and stay at 4i? He’s a great athlete with length and pass-rushing moves but he may actually spin up in college to play LB like Ossai or McCulloch. – Ian Boyd
Coach says: Strengths – A lean athlete with a long wing-span. Has plenty of room to add bulk in upper and lower body. Has played 4i in high school routinely and fared very well against much bigger opponents. Would project more as a B-backer in Texas’ scheme. Appears balanced and comfortable firing off the ball with a clean, quick get off. Fires out low and has a good amount of hip roll and flexibility. Extends his arms well and keeps the blocker off of him. Fast hands. Moves his feet well when engaged. Appears to have an excellent sense of leverage and uses his balance to his advantage. Locates the ball quickly and is always head-up. Shows a fair amount of upper body strength shedding large blockers. Had deceptively fast closing speed in pursuit and will be downfield chasing more often than not. Shows lower body explosiveness. Generally shows nice form tackling. Has a basketball background as well. Areas for Improvement/Concerns – Will need to develop a repertoire of pass rush moves. Will benefit from Yancy McKnight. Projects to a different position in college than high school so his function in space/coverage is unclear. A bit of a narrow frame.
How this affects Texas: The Fresh Prince of HP is finally ready to make the decision we’ve known for almost six months. LSU, OU, and Ohio State have made their collective pitches, but at the end of the day, there might not be a better fit than Dorbah to Austin. Cultural, schematic, and winning mentality, like DJ Khaled, all Prince does is win. Orange house – Justin Wells
Eric Nahlin on the commitment: We belabor a prospect’s fit to scheme all the time and you’d be hard-pressed to find a better one for Texas in future linebacker Prince Dorbah.
The short version is he’s very similar to Joseph Ossai.
The longer version is, like Ossai, Dorbah’s versatility will allow Todd Orlando to be more versatile when in his base nickel personnel.
The B-backer is a hybrid linebacker/defensive end. If you watched the Georgia game, and I know you did, you might have seen Joseph Ossai effectively giving Texas a four-man front. Though he was standing up, he was effectively playing defensive end for the most part. This allowed Texas to bump the d-line over a gap and make Charles Omenihu the defensive end on the other side. Omenihu was disruptive all night and the virtuous cycle resulted in Ossai doing the same.
That defensive end role is only half of it for B-backer. The other half is playing linebacker in the flat. This allows Orlando the ability to disguise his calls and fronts — to create indecision in opposing quarterbacks.
Like Ossai before him, Dorbah plays the 4i position in high school. This offers him useful experience he can take into college both as a pass rusher and playing the run game. While it’s great for showing his ability to play with leverage, strength, and tenacity, it does tend to mask his ability to play in space simply because it’s not asked of him. But guys like Ossai and Dorbah are easy to project to B-backer, and maybe even Rover thanks to their uncommon movement skills.
In a pass-heavy league you need guys who can get after the passer. Dorbah will certainly do that, especially coming off the edge, and he’ll also offer the defense value in space.
Dorbah is the eighth member of Texas’ 2020 class joining Kitan Crawford (John Tyler), Ja’Quinden Jackson (Duncanville), Jaden Hullaby (Dalllas Bishop Dunne), Jaylen Garth (Port Neches-Groves), Jake Majors (Prosper), Logan Parr (Helotes O’Connor), and Hudson Card (Lake Travis)