Ready to Travel

Ready to Travel

Spending the summer relearning the cornerback position, Naples (Fla) defensive back Makinton Dorleant is ready to get his senior season underway. He's also ready to end his recruitment, which could happen sometime in the month of August.

MADISON - With ideal size to be a top corner prospect, Makinton Dorleant has the skills to go along with his 5-foot-11, 170-pound frame. Problem is: Dorleant doesn't play much safety for Lely High in Naples, Florida.

But after spending much of his junior season at safety, Dorleant has spent the summer during the camp and 7-on-7 circuit relearning a position that hopes will make him one of the top defenders in his conference.

"I learned corner first, but I played safety because I was fastest kid on my team," Dorleant told Badger Nation. "I think I read the offense well. I see the field very well, which is why my coach wanted me in the middle of the field. I can play both really well, but am more of a shut down corner because of my speed. Playing safety helped my become a better tackler and a smarter player."

His 4.37 40-yard dash speed has been a big benefactor for Dorleant. In his junior season, Dorleant earned the reputation as one of the best special teams player in southwest Florida, blocking three punts and two field goals to go along with his 48 tackles.

Those attributes have caused Florida International, Iowa State, Maryland, Middle Tennessee State, Texas Tech West Virginia and Wisconsin to all offer Dorleant, rated a three-star prospect and the 68th-best cornerback in the nation by Scout.com. After camping at Central Florida and Florida State, Dorleant has narrowed his list to two favorites – West Virginia and Wisconsin.

"Well West Virginia is close to home, the coaches said I'll have a chance to play early and I know a couple guys on the roster," Dorleant said. "With Wisconsin, (senior linebacker) Culmer St. Jean is an alumni from my school. Seeing him play at Wisconsin and the progress he's having is why I am considering Wisconsin."

Although Culmer hasn't talked with Dorleant about the Badgers, his younger brother, Vinsin St. Jean, has. A teammate of Dorleant, a combination of Vinsin, Defensive Line Coach Charlie Partridge and Defensive Coorindator Dave Doeren have been the big factors in Dorleant's positive feelings toward Wisconsin.

"I am very close with Culmer's little brother," Dorleant said. "Vinsin's brother really let's me know how Culmer feels about Wisconsin. Culmer is like a (legend) down here and he's been really successful up there. I am close to Coach Partridge and we talk most the time. I talk to Coach Doeren once in awhile, but I like (the UW coaches) a lot because they talk the truth. I talk to them more then my recruiters from West Virginia."

Dorleant is also impressed with the roster Wisconsin possesses. With a roster of 14 Florida natives, Dorleant recognizes that his fellow natives were key in helping the Badgers beat Miami in the 2009 Champs Sports Bowl.

"They impress me a lot," Doreleant said of the way UW plays. "They recruit a lot down here. If I bring my speed up to the Big Ten, Wisconsin can use me in different ways, which makes it more exciting … With Culmer playing there an them coming back an recruiting me that makes a big impact … I like them all a lot, so that's what makes me consider Wisconsin highly."

Dorleant had planned to make an unofficial visit Wisconsin this summer, but couldn't match up his schedule. Since he had to cancel his trip, the excitement has been building.

"I want to get there asap," Dorleant said of Wisconsin. "I mean, it's miles away (and) I want to make sure it's that kind of football town or place to go. I am a Florida boy and I never been out of state so of course I want to go up there (Madison) at least twice on an official and unofficial. West Virginia wants me to come up at end of my season."

If West Virginia won't let him come up soon, Dorleant admitted that it could hurt the Mountaineers chances. Wanting to make his decision before the season starts, it appears Dorleant is Wisconsin's recruit to lose.

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