Dorson Boyce was born in Brooklyn and raised in Queens, New York. Although basketball was the predominant sport in New York City, Boyce excelled in football and graduated high school as one of the best defensive ends in the city. He then took the JUCO route, where he overcame a shoulder injury in his second year at Allan Hancock College to earn All-State and All-American accolades.
Boyce saw success on the field, but off the field suffered adversity with the loss of his best friend and roommate. The tragedy took a toll on him, but he dedicated that year to his best friend and managed to turn things around before earning a scholarship to represent the University of Washington in the PAC 12.