Kansas State, Michigan, Houston Pursue Versatile Defensive Lineman Shabazz Dotson

CEDAR HILL, Texas -- Shabazz Dotson, a top-10 defensive tackle in Texas for 2018, talks about his interest in Kansas State, Michigan, Houston, and Texas.

Kansas State WildcatsMichigan Wolverines, and Houston Cougars are among the schools pursuing 6-foot-3, 260-pound three-star defensive tackle Shabazz Dotson from Dallas-area big-school powerhouse Cedar Hill High School.

A couple of Kansas State coaches attended Wednesday afternoon's Cedar Hill spring practice to watch the Longhorns in action. K-State offered Dotson earlier this semester and has stayed on him ever since.

Defensive line coach Mo Latimore and offensive line coach Charlie Dickey recruit Dotson for the Wildcats.

"I think I'm going there the beginning of the summertime for an unofficial (visit)," said Dotson, pinpointing early June as the likely time he makes the trip. "Get to visit the school and all that.

"They told me I'm a very diverse player. I can play inside and outside."


Dotson has played both for Cedar Hill's predominantly odd-front defense. Depending on scheme, he could play inside or outside at the next level.

Michigan offered last spring and Dotson said the Wolverines continue to recruit him. Defensive line coach Greg Mattison serves as his primary recruiter.

"He's telling me to keep getting better and get stronger," said Dotson, who added that he "definitely" wants to visit Ann Arbor. Dotson said the Wolverines like him inside as a 3-technique.

In-state program Houston continues to actively recruit Dotson, who had high remarks for the Cougars.

"I love Houston. (Defensive line) coach (A.J.) Blum's a great dude," he said. "Coach told me that he wants the best to play. I know they've got Ed Oliver and he's an all-American, so if I play beside him, he's gonna get a lot of doubles, so that means they're gonna leave me 1-on-1 and I can get tackles."

Houston, like K-State, sees Dotson as a player who could line up inside and outside.

Texas is another school recruiting Dotson that has not offered but continues to show interest. Defensive line coach Oscar Giles has been in touch.

"I'm definitely gonna visit Texas," which Dotson visited earlier this semester for a junior day. "(Coach Giles) is telling me to come camp with them and go from there.

"Plus basically everywhere I've got an offer from I'm gonna try to go visit."

In addition to K-State, Michigan, and Houston, Dotson holds offers from Duke, Indiana, Iowa State, Texas Tech, and SMU, which offered Dotson late Wednesday night.

Stick with Scout as we continue to monitor Dotson's recruitment and development.

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