You’ve got the LeBron James of LinkedIn profiles. You’re bringing an economics degree from Vanderbilt to the table. You played wideout for the Commodores and Stanford. You launched your own small business coming out of college.
The world’s your oyster. All of life’s paths are yours to pick. Which begs the question, Chandler Dorrell:
“I kind of avoided it for a while, to be honest,” Dorrell, the CU Buffs’ new assistant director of player personnel and the son of football coach Karl Dorrell, told The Post late last week.
“I took my own path out of college and wanted to explore some different routes, as far as joining a start-up and doing a couple other things (where) the process was really insightful for me, really educated me in a lot of ways in terms of reality, how the real world, how the business world, kind of operates.
“It was just a great experience in my development, in terms of some of the skills that I was able to learn through that process, as well as having to learn a lot on my own.”
While carving his own path at Vandy, the 25-year-old Dorrell also got his own health-and-wellness brand — with a focus on nutritional supplements and powders, GNC-type fare — off the runway. Over the previous two years, he’s also worked as a consultant with Pando Pooling, a financial services start-up based in San Francisco, while working as a volunteer assistant coach with the New York Jets (2018) and the Miami Dolphins (2019).
Chandler’s dad was a wide receivers coach with the Jets two falls ago and was assistant head coach and wide receivers coach with the Dolphins last autumn.
“At some point in time, I did have a discussion or two whether he would want to get into coaching or not,” Karl Dorrell said of his son, who graduated from Vanderbilt in 2017 after three seasons as a wideout with the Commodores. “But I didn’t want to force that.
“But I do like this role — I think it’s a pretty good fit for him now. He’s always had very good judgment, very good subjectivity to his thought process, working through information. I think he weighs both sides to it. I think he does that part well — in terms of any critical analysis, he’s been able to sort through the minutiae and information and come up with the logical resolution.”
In a spring hamstrung by social distancing and restricted travel, being able to sort through, process and analyze information, especially game film, is more essential to the recruiting infrastructure than ever.
“This opportunity (at CU) came about and I think it was a perfect (combination) of everything that really excited me to get back into this world,” Chandler Dorrell said. “And, ultimately, I really wanted to, because I feel I have a lot to offer in terms of how I can help in a variety of ways — whether it’s more of a football-related thing or it’s more on the football operations side of the department.”