There are very few high school football players that get to practice the week of Thanksgiving and even fewer that get to practice the week after. Dorian Thompson-Robinson is one of those lucky players.
So let’s do a quick update of DTR’s last two weeks.
Bishop Gorman v. Arbor View
The winner of this contest would be crowned the Sunset Region Champion, and the Bishop Groman Gaels were not going to let the chance for a ninth consecutive title elude them. Bishop Gorman prevailed in the contest against Arbor View 42-7. The contest against Arbor View actually was close after the first quarter as the score was tied 7-7. However, the Gaels woke up in the second quarter and scored 28 unanswered points to secure the game.
UCLA commit Dorian Thompson-Robinson was 6-for-13 passing for 79 yards and a touchdown. What the Arbor View defense took away through the air, DTR compensated on the ground as he had 121 yards rushing and a touchdown.
This win by the Gaels set up the eight-time defending state champion Gaels (11-2) in the state semifinal game against Sunrise Region champion Liberty (11-1).
The highlights of the game are below.
Bishop Gorman Gaels v. Liberty Patriots
This game was a Nevada Class 4A state semifinal game that took place Friday, November 24th. Once again the Gaels took care of business beating the Patriots 35-13.
Since Thompson-Robinson was somewhat limited in the air his last game, he more than made up for it this game. DTR completed an impressive 24 of 26 passes for 242 yards and three touchdowns. Thompson-Robinson also picked up a TD on the ground 37 yard run.
Highlights for last week’s game are below.
The Gaels now advance to the Class 4A state championship game against Class 4A Northern champion Reed on Dec. 2 in Reno, Nevada, and I will bring you the results of that game.
Things have been a little busy around UCLA over the last week, and the last few weeks have been even more interesting for UCLA recruits as the uncertainty circulating around the status of Jim Mora swirled. As we all know, Jim Mora was let go as UCLA’s coach after the USC game, and the crazy media zoo began around who was going to be UCLA’s next coach. DTR quickly made it clear that he was still committed to UCLA regardless of the coaching situation.
I’m 100000000% UCLA.— DTR (@DoriansTweets) November 20, 2017
As soon as Mora was let go, it was widely assumed that UCLA’s only coaching target was going to be Chip Kelly. This targeted pursuit by UCLA of Chip Kelly paid off as Chip Kelly was named as UCLA’s next coach on Saturday.
It is widely believed that a dual-threat quarterback like Thompson-Robinson would flourish under the guidance of an offensive mind like Chip Kelly, and according to DTR’s twitter, he agreed as well.
Mood: 4sUp pic.twitter.com/g3TDyReIm5— DTR (@DoriansTweets) November 25, 2017
According to 247Sports.com, DTR made it very clear how he felt:
It's going to be good for the program and I hope that it attracts more offensive recruits to the school," Thompson-Robinson told 247Sports. "A lot of the offense is what we run at Bishop Gorman, so it might be an easy transition for me. I'm excited to get down there and start working with him.
Just looking at his background and what he did at Oregon, and he has NFL experience, too, as a recruit it's going to be big for offensive guys that are considering UCLA.
We all look forward to seeing what Thompson-Robinson will be able to do at UCLA, and Bruins Nation wishes DTR the best in the state title game!