Pitino 'wows' Dotson during in-home visit

Think Rick Pitino is done filling out his 2009 recruiting class? If so, think again. Wednesday night, the Louisville coach made an important in-home visit with uncommitted Top 100-caliber guard Aaron Dotson in Seattle, Washington.

With four commitments already lined up for the 2009-10 season, Rick Pitino surely has hopes to add one more wing prospect to a recruiting class that ultimately will rank among the nation's Top 10-20 hauls. Wednesday night, Pitino was on the west coast working hard to earn a fifth 2009 commitment.

"It went great. It went really good," Dotson told InsideTheVille.com. "We talked about a lot of things. He went through a slide show and showed some pictures of the school, Freedom Hall, where the players stay and the practice facility. It was really impressive."

Dotson knows a thing or two about in-home visits with college coaches. He'd already met with LSU's Trent Johnson, Washington's Lorenzo Romar and SMU coach Matt Doherty before Pitino arrived Wednesday night. So which meeting stood out in Dotson's mind?

"This one," Dotson said. "I really love Coach Pitino and he's always honest. For instance, when he first got here tonight one of the first things he said was ‘if you come to Louisville for a visit and you get home and you think it's a hard decision I don't want you to come.'

"He said, ‘I only want you to come if you visit Louisville and you know that's where you want to be and it doesn't compare to any other schools.' And that really stood out to me."

Dotson will visit Louisville on October 17. Fellow Seattle standout and friend Peyton Siva, a Louisville commit, will visit the same weekend. Dotson has already made an official visit to LSU. He'll trip to Washington before his visit to Louisville. It's possible he'll visit SMU on October 24.

"That's it," Dotson said. "I'm not letting any other schools hop in."

It is clear Louisville wants to add Dotson to its four-man recruiting class that includes Siva, Rakeem Buckles, Mike Marra and Stephen Van Treese. Pitino's visit with Dotson this week was preceded by Louisville assistant Walter McCarty's last week. McCarty, in fact, visited Dotson the day he flew to Baton Rouge for his official visit with LSU.

"I know Richard (Pitino) and I met Coach McCarty the day I left for LSU," said Dotson. "The assistant coaches seem pretty cool. I want to get out there and get a feel for the campus. (Peyton) and I talk all the time. We're going to take our official visit to Louisville together."

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