A trio of high-profile commitments from local athletes came within a day of one another, as Ocoee's Dorian Jones, Dr. Phillips' Robert Porcher and West Orange's Austin Burton each announced verbal commitments.
WEST ORANGE The past few days have seen a trio of high-profile commitments in West and Southwest Orange County, with football stars for Ocoee High, Dr. Phillips High and West Orange High announcing their preferred destinations for college.
The ball got rolling with the commitment of Dr. Phillips defensive end Robert Porcher to Nebraska. Porcher, a rising senior who is rated a three-star recruit by 24/7 Sports and a two-star recruit by Rivals, tweeted the news June 29 — selecting the Huskers over 33 other offers that included Arizona, Louisville and UCF, among others.
A day later, West Orange's Austin Burton and Ocoee's Dorian Jones announced their commitments.
Burton, a rising senior quarterback and two-star prospect as rated by 24/7 Sports, transferred to the Warriors after previously playing for Newton South in the Greater Boston area. After an exceptional performance in West Orange's spring game that saw the signal-caller toss five touchdown passes, recruiting picked up for Burton. Burton announced his commitment to Boston College via Twitter.
Burton was also offered by UCLA on Thursday.
Jones, a talented defensive back who is expected to be a leader on a capable defensive unit for the Knights this fall, committed to Georgia State after fielding offers from Tulane, N.C. State and UTSA, among others. Rated a three-star prospect by both 24/7 Sports and Rivals, Jones' announcement came via his Twitter account later in the evening June 30.
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