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April 5, 2013
At six-foot-three, 314 pounds, Raines offensive lineman Travaris Dorsey has an intimidating presence.
Dorsey, who is coming off an OL MVP performance at the Rivals Camp Series in Orlando, has a 4.8 40-time, squats 515 and benches 450. But, due to his size, the Florida commit did not begin playing until later in life.
"My first time ever playing was seventh grade," he said. "I could never play Pop Warner when I was a kid because I was too big."
According to head coach Adam Wiley, Dorsey is actually 'a mild mannered guy.'
"As a young man, Travaris is full of great character," he said. "He's a dude that comes to work every day, always goes to class and the teachers love him. He's been playing with us since ninth grade so he has a lot of experience and is continuing to become a student of the game."
Dorsey played basketball when he was younger. He certainly warmed up to the game of football quickly and is passionate about the sport.
"I love it," he said. "I found something I was good at, stuck with it, and I feel like it's a way out and a way to help my family."
He still feels like he needs to 'get a little bit lower because sometimes I play too tall,' but says that his 'strength is run blocking.' Regarding teammates, Dorsey says, "They're really important to me. Anything they ever ask me to help with, I'll do it no matter what it is."
His coach echoes that sentiment.
"He's going be one of my captains this year and the team loves him," said Wiley. "He's a very good locker room guy and the other guys gravitate towards him because he leads by example."
Dorsey is looking forward to his senior season.
Raines competes in a district with perennial state-power Bolles, but Dorsey isn't intimidated.
"Bolles expects to blow Raines out, but that's not happening," he said. "I want to win State."
As far as his commitment to Florida, Dorsey says he is 'firm right now' but he still plans on visiting other schools 'just to see what's out there, but right now I'm stuck on Florida.'
The University of South Florida is included in that list as Dorsey mentioned USF as a school he would visit.