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Nebraska Recruiting: Illinois 2023 Defensive Back Dash Dorsey Eyeing Return to Lincoln

April 13, 2022

Recruiting never stops and it’s easy to miss the top stories day-to-day. Recruiting analyst Greg Smith recaps all things Nebraska recruiting news, analysis and more so you never miss a thing.


The Red-White Spring Game was a huge recruiting event for the Huskers. The team brought in 100 prospects to check out the scrimmage that had nearly 55,000 fans in attendance. There were a lot of known targets at the game. There were also plenty of players not on Nebraska fans’ radar that have good relationships with the staff.

One of those players to watch is Illinois 3-star athlete Dash Dorsey.

Dorsey (5-11, 175) is familiar with Nebraska already. He’s friends with Marques Buford and his brother Mario who is a 2024 recruit. Dorsey holds an offer from the Huskers. He heard how Nebraska fans were different so he wanted to check things out for himself.

“My expectations, I guess you could say were pretty high,” Dorsey said. “I’m hearing a lot there’s no place like Nebraska and Nebraska fans are different. To be honest, it really lived up to those expectations that I had. The fans were explosive. It was the best I’ve ever seen, personally.”

While Dorsey was in town he got to meet all the Nebraska coaches and most of the recruiting staff. He sat in on positions meeting and met with defensive backs coach Travis Fisher. Then he made his way to the field for pre-game warmups. His relationship with Fishers has continued growing since the pair started talking.

“I think Coach Fisher is a really great dude in my opinion,” Dorsey said. “I’m learning new things from him every day. He’s given me new knowledge and new game making me see things in the game that I’ve never seen before as a defensive back. Because I’ve grown up playing wide receiver a lot. I’m just learning new things from him every day.”

Dorsey still plays both wideout and defensive back for St. Francis High School. A lof of colleges see him as a defensive back in college. The new tips from Fisher carry a lot of weight because the coach has put so many players in the NFL. That’s the ultimate goal for Dorsey to make it to the NFL one day.

It also means a lot to Dorsey that the Huskers were his first Power Five scholarship offer.

“They were my first one before I had three stars,” Dorsey said. “They really bought me a lot of attention and it just felt great. When I first got my offer, I got a lot of attention from other coaches. I’m in contact with a lot of coaches right now and Nebraska really just put me on the map.”

The athlete has taken visits to Purdue, Fordham, Army and Navy recently. He’s got plans to check out Michigan or Minnesota soon. As he sorts through his options with more coming he has a clear view of what he’s looking for. Outside of football he wants to know how a school can help set him up after college. Academics are as important as his relationships with the coaches.

He also knows that he’d like to return to Lincoln after his visit to for the spring game.

“What really stuck out was the fact that all the fans really come out to support a spring game,” Dorsey said. “Usually a spring game is something small. It’s like a practice mainly for the players but the fans treated it like it was an actual game.

“I haven’t been able to get to a Nebraska game yet. I’d love to be there in the fall and it’s just like a sneak peek of what I was able to see and what I will see this fall.”

Recruit Watch

>> Class of 2024 Louisiana defensive back Bernard Causey was offered by the Huskers.

>> Lincoln High athlete Beni Ngoyi took a trip to Iowa State last weekend.

>> Kansas City 3-star defensive lineman Edric Hill enjoyed his trip to Nebraska last weekend.

ICYMI

>> The Hail Varsity staff is back to answer your questions in the mailbag on spring football, depth chart predictions and more.

>> Nebraska’s defensive line impressed in the spring game being led by Garrett Nelson and Jimari Butler.

>> The Mind Your Own podcast is back this week to tell us to keep building.

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