BREAKING: In-state ATH goes crimson

HE'S AN IN-STATE prospect who comes from a long line of WSU Cougars. He was also a mystery man in Pullman this weekend, who entered his official visit committed elsewhere. That changed over the weekend and the 6-3, 220-pounder tells CF.C he's headed to the Palouse in 2013.

Newport standout Isaac Dotson is a Coug.

"Over here I'm born to be a Coug... I love it over here and I've always wanted to play Pac-12 football.

"It's where my heart is."

Dotson could line up at linebacker or safety, or even wide receiver for Washington State.

A FIRST TEAM all-league pick, he averaged more than eight yards per carry playing QB for Newport, rushing for more than 1,000 yards with 17 touchdowns. He also passed for more than 700 yards and seven TDs. Over on defense, he was a physical, hard-hitting safety.

"At the end of the day, I just want to get on the field," he said. "Wherever that happens, I'll be excited. I'm pumped about what Coach Leach has going for the program and I see us doing some big things at the next level."

Dotson had been a QB commit to Nevada since early July, but said the recent coaching changes had him considering his options on whether or not to stay committed to the Wolfpack. His official visit this weekend, Dotson said, made him realize that he needed to follow in much of his families' footsteps and be a Coug.

His father Michael was a standout wrestler in the 1980s at Washington State, and his sister Stephanie graduated from Wazzu in May. He also has another sister, Chanel, who is currently a freshman in Pullman.

"This just feels great right now," Dotson said. "It's been my dream since I was a little kid to grow up and play football for the Cougs. My whole family loves the school and it's awesome that god has blessed me with this opportunity. After a lot of thought, I realized it was an opportunity I just couldn't pass up.

"It was a last-second trip, but I'm glad we got it done. I've been there a few times before, but it was cool to hang with the players and sit down with Coach Leach. He wants to get me on the field right away...he wants to see me succeed. I know wherever I'm going to play though, I'm going to have to compete for my spot."

IN ADDITION TO his play on the gridiron, Dotson also shines on the hardwood for Newport. On Friday night, he led the Knights in scoring with 18 points in their thrilling 48-47 victory over Issaquah. A few hours later, he was on the Palouse.

In talking to Dotson, it's clear he first turned heads at WSU in the summer with his athleticism and leadership skills, the latter being something he said he looks forward to bringing to the Palouse. He's also a standout in the classroom.

"I'm really excited for this," Dotson said. "I can see Coach Leach has a plan and he know's what he's doing. They have a great staff and there's so much potential for the future and that's what has me excited to be a Coug." Click here for highlights

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