NAPLES — With his mom Marie at his side, Lely’s Makinton Dorleant penned his agreement to become a student-athlete at the University of Maryland where he will play football.
He credited Maryland defensive coordinator Don Brown with his choice over other Division I schools, after first committing to the University of Wisconsin.
“Wisconsin was recruiting heavily at my position, and it came to a point where I decided to open up my options,” Dorleant said.
After a major hiccup for Dorleant, with the Maryland coach getting fired and Connecticut’s Randy Edsall taking over, Dorleant stayed with the Terrapins when he learned Brown would be retained.
“Coach Brown stayed with me, kept in touch through many e-mails,” Dorleant said. “When I visited Maryland, I really liked it and it felt like a good fit. I think the ACC is better for my style of play. Everything I dreamed of came true.”
His dream was shared by his mother.
“I am so excited,” she said. “I talked with the head coach and he told me he would do the best he can, in (Makinton) keeping up with grades, to earn a business degree.”
In the 2010 season Dorleant registered 40 tackles, made two interceptions, and his kickoff and punt return yardage was over 500, with two runs for touchdowns.
“Makinton is a great kid, we as coaches took him under our wing in the summer between his freshman and sophomore year,” Miller said. “He matured as a person and learned that what went on off the field made a difference. He caught onto school and took care of business.”