Jahan Dotson (photo by Brian Dohn)

East No. 1 WR Jahan Dotson details SEC, Big Ten, ACC trip plans

Hightstown (N.J.) Peddie's Jahan Dotson, the No. 1 receiver in the East, will be at a number of schools in April and he shares his thoughts on each.

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Jahan Dotson, the No. 7 receiver in the 2018 class, is set for a busy spring with a handful of schools set to host him.

Although the Hightstown (N.J.) Peddie standout is yet to trim his extensive offer list, he said trips to Ohio StateMichiganPenn StateNorth CarolinaUSCVanderbilt and Alabama were on the horizon.

"I haven't been to any (schools lately), but I plan on going to a lot in April," Dotson said. "April 1, I will probably be at Ohio State. Then, I am looking to get to Penn State, Michigan and Vanderbilt later in the month."


Dotson, who is 6-foot, 170 pounds, has a few connections to those schools. 

His quarterback at Peddie, Allan Walters, is committed to Vanderbilt. He is from East Orange, N.J., and he has ties to the North Jersey parochial school scene so he is familiar with Michigan's presence there.

Also, he spent his first two years of his prep career at Nazareth (Pa.) High, which is three hours from Penn State.

As Dotson sorts through his recruitment, he added it will be a while before he makes a decision.

"I'm going to take officials," Dotson said.

The No. 1 receiver in East offered his thoughts on each of the schools he listed as potential visit destinations for the spring and summer:

Alabama: "From the success they have, and a lot of receivers they send to the league (NFL) like Julio JonesCalvin RidleyAmari Cooper, and just knowing you go in there and you just play ball. You get your spot on the field and you're basically automatically going to the league."

Michigan: "The big New Jersey kind of thing, that's sticking out to me a lot. A lot of guys from Jersey go there, and they have success, like Jabrill Peppers, and some of my family are close to (linebackers) coach (Chris) Partridge."

North Carolina: "A lot of my teammates have been down there, and they say they loved it down there. I really want to get down there. Their coaches make me feel like a huge priority, and that is sticking out a lot."

Ohio State: "What definitely jumps out is it's a winning program, they send a lot of guys to the league and they have success in the league, and coach (Urban) Meyer has a big influence on me. He talks to me a lot. He keeps it real with me. (Receivers) coach (Zach) Smith is a really cool guy. Those two have really been pushing me to come there."

Penn State: "It's the hometown school. They really grew on me a lot this past year. I wasn't really thinking about it that much before, but they've really grown on me a lot. I've really become close with (receivers) coach (Josh) Gattis. He's been helping me with more than just football. I've been talking to (running back) Saquon Barkley a little bit."

USC: "It's been my dream school since I was a little kid. I talk to coach (Clay) Helton a little bit, and he just tells me I am USC product and I can be a Nelson Agholor, and I would have a lot of success in that program."

Vanderbilt: "(Walters) tells me the town and the atmosphere is great. The coaches will back you up no matter what you do, and it is just a great program down there."

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