Part of that “huge” declaration in becoming a part of Big Orange Country is the path the Boerne (Texas) High School talent had to take as surgery to repair his right shoulder caused him to miss all of the 2013 season. At a position that requires full range of motion to power the football downfield with an unnatural motion, that could be a devastating injury.
Thanks to the brilliance of modern medicine and the work ethic to see his dreams realized, Dormady has a chance to not only extend his football career beyond the prep ranks but to do so at a Southeastern Conference university.
The Scout three-star prospect and No. 30 QB in the nation says he came to the decision after a second trip to Knoxville came last week.
“I just felt like it was a good fit for me to go there, and I like the coaches there,” Dormady told InsideTennessee. “I just like everything about it.”
It was arguably Tennessee’s greatest rival that finished second in the running to land the 6-foot-4, 215-pounder.
“Toward the end, I just kind of narrowed it down to Alabama and Tennessee,” Dormady said. “Those were the two that I was debating between.
“I just felt like that (Tennessee opportunity) was a fit, and I want to be a part of something that’s growing and building to win a national championship. I want to be a part of that.
“I went to Alabama earlier in the week and they offered me at their camp. I visited and did that. I really wanted to get back up to Tennessee because I really liked it when I was there over spring break. So that intrigued me. Once I got up there and was around it and got back into the environment, I really felt like that’s where I should be. So, later last week is when I really felt like that’s where I was going to end up.”
Tennessee head coach Butch Jones, offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian and the rest of the staff didn’t have the typical reaction that sometimes comes with news of a commitment.
“I think they were a little shocked at first but they were as excited as I am,” said Dormady, who informed Vols coaches Monday afternoon of his decision. “It will be a fun college experience.”
Jones and Bajakian played pivotal roles in landing the Class of 2015 signal-caller.
“They were definitely a huge factor,” Dormady said. “I felt comfortable around them and those are great men. They’ve got great character. That’s who I want to surround myself with to become a better person and later down the road a better husband and father. They were definitely a huge part of it.”
While on The Hill last week, Dormady started developing a relationship with current players as well as other 2015 commits.
“I’ve gotten to know some of the kids that are there right now and then last night I talked to a couple of the kids that are in my class. So, I’m getting there, getting to know them,” Dormady said.
“I want to be a part of something that’s growing and building to win a national championship.”
“It was just getting back up there, kind of hanging out and getting around the guys and that kind of stuff. That was probably the biggest thing that I went there for.
“I hung out with (Tennessee freshman tight end) Ethan (Wolf) up there, and he’s a great guy. There’s definitely some kids that I’ve gotten to know when I was up there.”
With Riley Ferguson transferring and Justin Worley graduating after the 2014 season, Tennessee is scheduled to have two scholarship quarterbacks return in 2015. Dormady would make No. 3 if he signs. However, the right-hander said depth chart wasn’t a difference-maker.
“It wasn’t a huge factor,” Dormady said. “I kind of knew what was happening with Ferguson leaving and then (Joshua) Dobbs and (Nathan) Peterman being the only ones there. Like I said, I just wanted to be a part of something that’s building to be great.”
With the recruiting process behind him, the Texan can concentrate on doing big things in his final prep season at Boerne High with his father and second-year head coach Mike Dormady leading the way.
“That’s huge,” said Quinten, who will lead the Greyhounds’ Spread attack. “I kind of have felt kind of bad because I was actually supposed to be back on Saturday playing in a 7-on-7 tournament and I couldn’t make it. It’s actually good to be back around the team, back around the guys that I’ll play my senior year with and just focus on that and trying to get a state championship there.”
Dormady plans to take an official visit to Tennessee this fall and enroll in classes in Knoxville in January.
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Danny Parker is currently the Managing Editor, Recruiting Analyst and Staff Photographer for InsideTennessee.com. He was previously the sports editor at Shelbyville Times-Gazette. He joined the Scout team July 2011.