After helping start a football program from scratch in high school, Chris Dorrill is eager for the opportunity to do it again in college.
Dorrill, who was on First Baptist’s inaugural team, recently committed to play running back at Berry College. Though Berry, a Division III school in Rome, Ga., is 111 years old, the Vikings are adding football for the first time next season.
“Getting to start a football team in college, it’s pretty cool,” Dorrill said. “I know I’ll get a lot of playing time.”
Dorrill is the second Lions football player to commit to play college football. In February, quarterback Corey Todd agreed to be a preferred walk-on at Florida Atlantic.
As a freshman in 2009, Dorrill was part of First Baptist’s first season. He and a handful of other four-year seniors helped the Lions evolve quickly, capped by a 12-1 season this past fall and a trip to the Class 2A semifinals.
Dorrill’s stock rose when he rushed for 1,545 yards and 22 touchdowns as a senior. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound back hopes to find similar success at Berry.
“This year I built a lot of confidence,” Dorrill said. “I had a lot of yards, a lot of TDs. I want to go in my freshman year with the goal to do it again.”
Dorrill visited Furman, Samford and Stetson, but ultimately fell in love with Berry’s campus. Located 70 miles northwest of downtown Atlanta, Berry has just 2,200 students but claims to have the largest contiguous college campus in the world at 26,000 acres.
Since he was hoping to attend college in the South, Dorrill also likes Berry’s location. He enjoys the small-town feel and the proximity to Atlanta, where he has family.