MACON, Ga. – On the brink of beginning a playoff run with his Westside teammates, senior wide receiver Steve Dolphus announced his collegiate plans last week. With offers from 16 schools and many more in pursuit, Dolphus committed to Georgia Tech last Wednesday, a move that bumps the Yellow Jackets’ 2016 recruiting class to 10 committed prospects.
Today’s U caught up with the newest Georgia Tech commit in the aftermath of his verbal pledge.
“It was going good,” Dolphus told Today’s U of his recruitment. “The three main schools I heard from were Mississippi State, Georgia Tech and UCF.”
With offers from many big time programs including Ole Miss, Florida, Louisville and others; Georgia Tech stood amongst the fray thanks to a trio of positive factors.
“Opportunity, as in playing time, location and of course it’s a good academic school,” Dolphus said. “They have a good football program.”
Despite many overtures from interested college programs, Dolphus knew that the correct location for him to play college football was at Georgia Tech. It was a decision that he had already considered previously.
“What made me decide was in my heart, I felt like I was gong to go to Georgia Tech at one point,” Dolphus said. “I just took my time and I talked to people that coached me. They kind of helped me make my decision.”
Standing at 6’5” and 203-pounds, Dolphus is a big-bodied wide receiver who expects to play on the outside once he arrives at Georgia Tech. With such a large frame, he’s a competent run blocker and creates a big target for his quarterback to throw at. These traits, when combined with soft hands and long striding speed, make Dolphus a dangerous weapon to utilize at the next level.
“They haven’t talked to me about how the plan to use me,” Dolphus said. “But they have told me that I am someone that will come in and play right away.”
According to MaxPreps, Dolphus hauled in 33 receptions for 457 yards and five touchdowns this season. As a result of his impressive play on the field, Dolphus is listed as a 3-star prospect on 247Sports.com, checking in as the No. 127 wide receiver in the country.
Since Dolphus already has his commitment under his belt, the next stage in the recruiting process for the standout wide receiver is to schedule his official visit with Georgia Tech.
“I actually have to talk with them,” Dolphus said. “We will do that soon. We will find a date that’s good for the both of us since it’s football season. They have a lot going on, so I don’t want to take an official visit when the season is going on.”
Dolphus said he expects to take an official visit to “just Georgia Tech”, forgoing his potential four remaining official visits. This would put the Yellow Jackets’ in position to land a dominant wide receiver in the 2016 class, one that models his game after another famous wideout who currently plays his football in the state of Georgia on Sundays.
“I catch the ball and get what I can get, like Julio [Jones],” Dolphus said.
Click here for a link to Dolphus’ highlight tape.