Dotson sets up LSU official

It doesn't look like LSU is going to sign a big class for 2009 in Trent Johnson's first year at the helm but there are several prospects that the Tigers have targeted. One of them is 4-star shooting guard Aaron Dotson from Seattle and he will be making the long journey down to Baton Rouge in the near future for his official visit.

“I’ll be coming down on Sept. 5 and then I have two more trips scheduled to Miami on Sept. 26 and then Louisville on Oct. 17,” said Dotson.


The 6-4, 194-pounder from Rainier Beach High School also has an offer from Washington, Gonzaga, and Oregon State to name a few.


Coaches like the way he can knock down the jumper and use his athleticism around the rim.


One of those coaches actually talked to him Monday night and it was the first chance Dotson got to talk to him.


“I talked to coach [Brent] Scott [LSU] and that was the first time I actually talked to him,” said Dotson. “I had talked coach G [Donny Guerrinoni] before and then I usually talk to Trent [Johnson] himself but coach Scott wanted to get to know me too.”


Dotson is very familiar with Johnson as two of his high school coaches know him very well.


He is also familiar with him, though, from the times they’ve talked throughout the recruiting process.


“I give him a call sometimes and we just talk about stuff that doesn’t even involve basketball,” explained Dotson. “We talk about all kind of stuff and that’s really one of my big things. I’m looking for a coach that I can be really comfortable around and by us talking so much I feel that comfort level with him.”


Something else Dotson feels comfortable with are the opportunities that LSU presents on the basketball court.


“The coaching staff and playing time have me really interested in LSU,” he said. “They’re losing a lot of players and I could go in and play right when I get there.”


When Dotson makes the long trek down to Baton Rouge he will get to see plenty of sights since LSU plays host to Troy in football that weekend.


In some cases that long distance from home will have an adverse affect on recruits but that doesn’t appear to be an area of concern for Dotson and in fact it could be to LSU’s advantage.


“There is no one from Washington that has been to LSU as an athlete other than Joyce Walker and that’s something I really like,” said Dotson. “I really like the idea of going and building my own name. Kids could look up to me and say a guy from Seattle went to LSU so I want to go there now. It could open some things up for guys in this area.”


With school getting starting in a little over a month Dotson plans to enjoy some downtime now that his summer is not nearly as hectic.


He plans on taking things slow until he gets his visits out of the way and he is undecided on whether or not he will sign in the early signing period in November.


“It’s still the same four schools with LSU, Miami, Louisville and Washington,” he said. “I’m going to take my visits and break everything down after that. As for signing early, I think I’m going to wait because let’s say the coach would leave to go to the NBA after one season then I wouldn’t want to have to be in that situation. But, really I haven’t decided for sure.”


Note: As a junior, Aaron Dotson averaged 16 points and 6 rebounds a game.

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