PREP NOTEBOOK: York High standout running Khalid Dorsey recommits to Howard

York High's Khalid Dorsey slips a tackle by Quinn Bacha of Central York to store a touchdown for the Bearcats, Friday, Nov. 3, 2017. John A. Pavoncello photo
  • York High football standout Khalid Dorsey has recommitted to Howard University.
  • Dallastown lineman Ricky Cole has committed to Wagner College in Staten Island.
  • Red Lion High soccer player Gavin Watt has chosen Duquesne University.

After taking some time to make sure it was the right place for him, York High standout running back Khalid Dorsey has again decided to commit to Howard University.

Dorsey first announced his commitment to the Bison on Dec. 6, but backed off the decision about two weeks later. The talented tailback wanted to take some extra time and make his official visits before cementing his choice.

After reopening his recruiting and visiting Howard’s Washington campus, Dorsey considered his options, which included Bryant University, Millersville University, Lincoln College and Bluefield College.

Dorsey helped lead the Bearcats from a 1-9 season in 2016 to a 9-2 campaign in 2017, when York captured a share of the York-Adams Division I title and made an appearance in the District 3 tournament.

The speedy back posted the second-highest rushing total in the league with 1,728 yards. He scored 15 touchdowns while also earning Y-A Division I first-team all-star and Class 5-A all-state honors.

In part, Dorsey decided to go with Howard, an NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision team, because of a familiar feeling of budding success.

“They were just like us,” Dorsey told the York Dispatch in December. “Last year, they were 2-9 and we were 1-9. The way their coach stepped in and built their program up is how coach (Russ) Stoner stepped in and built our program up.”

Howard’s rebound year saw it finish 7-4 overall under first-year head coach Mike London. The team's most notable victory came in Week 1, when the Bison scored a 43-40 upset of UNLV, a Football Bowl Subdivision program.

Based on Las Vegas point spreads, it was the biggest upset in college football history. The Bison entered the game as 45-point road underdogs.



Cole picks Wagner: Dallastown, the team the Bearcats split the Y-A Division I crown with, also has a player headed to the Division I football ranks.

Senior defensive lineman Ricky Cole will sign his letter of intent Wednesday to play for Wagner College in Staten Island, New York.

Cole, a York-Adams League all-star, posted 35 tackles while holding down a pair of lines that powered the Wildcats to an 8-3 overall record. The Wildcats also made an appearance in the District 3 Class 6-A tournament.

Wagner, an FCS school, posted a 4-7 record last season that included a 2-4 Northeast Conference mark.

Willis heading to Saint Francis: Northeastern's Taemar Willis will continue his academic and football careers at Saint Francis University next year.

The cornerback/wide receiver was part of a Bobacats team that went 6-4 with a 3-4 mark in Division I last year.

The NCAA Division I FCS Red Flash posted a 5-6 overall record and went 3-3 in Northeast Conference play.

Brennan selects Albright: York Catholic standout tight end Riley Brennan will continue his football and academic careers at the next level with Albright College.

Brennan helped the Irish to an 8-3 record with a 6-1 Division III mark, good enough for a share of the division title. York Catholic also finished as the runner-up in District 3 Class 2-A in a season that saw Brennan catch 22 passes for 372 yards and six touchdowns, according to his page.

Red Lion sending athletes on: Red Lion will see a slew of student-athletes commit to colleges this week, including one headed to the Division I level.

In soccer, Gavin Watt will sign his letter of intent to play for Duquesne next season. In his senior year, Watt’s Lions were 8-7-1 and finished fourth in Division I at 6-6-0.

Also continuing her career on the pitch will be Abby Castle, who will sign with Kings College.

The Lions football team is sending a trio to the collegiate level. Zach Throne will play for Ursinus College, Zach Crossland is headed to Alvernia University and its inaugural team in 2018 and Denny Dennison has chosen to play for Westminster College.

Mong makes districts: Over the weekend, York Tech’s Deric Mong bowled his way to the District 3 championships later this month by scoring a second-place finish in the qualifying round.

Mong rolled a 687 series to move on. The championships will be held Feb. 24 at Berks Lanes in Sinking Spring.

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