Commentary

St. Thomas Aquinas' dangerous duo

Originally Published: October 3, 2010
By Corey Long | ESPN Recruiting

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- As the beneficiaries of Jake Rudock's record-setting passing game versus Camden County, it was a big night for Saint Thomas Aquinas wide receivers Rashad Greene and Phillip Dorsett.

Greene, an FSU commit, finished the game with six catches for 148 yards and two touchdowns, while Miami commit Dorsett had four catches for 137 yards and two touchdowns.

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Charles Fishbein Phillip Dorsett chose Miami over North Carolina, Ohio State and Florida, among others.

But in spite of their comparable numbers and the fact that they are committed to rival in-state schools, Greene and Dorsett never think about the personal battle.

"That's not what we are about," said Dorsett. "I'm a team player, Rashad is a team player. We want each other to play well."

Greene agreed.

"It's always a team game for us," said Greene. "We play as a team and we win as a team. There's no other way to do it."

Still it was the first game in Dorsett's time at St. Thomas Aquinas that he reached 100 yards receiving in a game.

"We're generally going to be a team that dictates the game with the run," Dorsett said. "But we saw they played a lot of Cover 1 and Cover 0, so we went after it a few times. In the second half they played more Cover 2 and changed things up."

Dorsett will be in attendance for Saturday's FSU-Miami tilt at SunLife Stadium and feels strong about his commitment to Miami.

"I am a big fan of coach [Randy] Shannon and I know Miami needs some help at receiver," said Dorsett. "It was a great opportunity to play for a great coach and be close to home."

Greene committed to Florida State over the summer and might also take in Saturday's game to see his future program.

"I have been keeping a close eye on things and I like where FSU is headed," Greene said. "Coach [Lawrence] Dawsey is one of the best receiving coaches around and I think I could make an impact there next season."

Hamilton looking at in-state schools

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Charles Fishbein Jelani Hamilton is considering all the in-state schools.

If junior defensive lineman Jelani Hamilton has his way, he'll be staying in the Sunshine State to play college football. The 6-foot-4, 250-pounder already has Florida and Florida State at the top of his list.

"I'm definitely going to be trying to stay close to home," said Hamilton. "I like both schools. I have some friends at Florida State like Lamarcus Joyner. Miami and North Carolina are also a couple of schools I'm considering."

Strong performance

One of the more impressive players on Camden County's defense was junior Bryan Attaway. The 6-4, 245-pounder had a tough assignment against St. Thomas Aquinas' vaunted running game and offensive line, but he accounted well for himself.

Attaway is expected to be the Wildcats' top recruit next year and coach Jeff Herron expects he'll be recruited by many FBS programs.

"He was a tough player," said St. Thomas Aquinas offensive lineman Bobby Hart. "I knew their defensive line was going to be tough and they were."

Well protected

Rudock has enjoyed playing in front of some of the nation's best offensive linemen during his time as a starting quarterback and this year is no different with 6-foot-5, 300-pound Hart as the anchor of the unit.

"It's always a good feeling to know that Bobby is on your side," said Rudock.

However, the quarterback points out that Hart might not be the biggest lineman he's played with.

"Brandon Linder was a beast," said Rudock about Linder, who is currently playing at Miami. "I don't think Bobby is as big at Brandon was."

Corey Long has been covering high school football and recruiting in the Sunshine State since 1995. He can be reached at coreyespn@gmail.com.

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