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Future Michigan State tight end Matt Dotson connected with his future teammates on Saturday with an on-campus visit.

Several members of Michigan State’s 2017 recruiting class were on hand over the weekend including tight end pledge Matt Dotson. Spartan Nation caught up with Dotson about his visit to campus and thoughts on the Spartans recent struggles.

With many members of Michigan State’s current recruiting class on hand taking official visits, future tight end Matt Dotson used the Northwestern game as an unofficial visit to connect with his future teammates.

How was his time on campus?

“It was great,” said Dotson.  “It was an unofficial visit but it was amazing and so much fun to talk with all of them and really to just hang out with them and talk with them.  So we’re really excited to get up there and start helping them.  I’m not going to say rebuild, but to get the team back to where we need to be.”

While distance might keep many of them from hanging out with each other, Dotson said by the end of the day all felt a strong bond forming in the class.  Was there anyone in the class he felt more comfortable with?

“It felt like we’re best friends even though it was really the first time many of us met each other,” he said.  “We all kind of hung out the same amount of time so I’m really comfortable with the whole group.”

On a day that saw current Spartans tight end Josiah Price add to his record setting touchdowns record for tight ends Dotson sees something he can shoot for when he arrives on campus.

“I talked with Josiah before the game and told him he needs to keep on building it since it’s his record,” explained Dotson.  “So he might as well try to keep getting it higher and higher.  So I’m really excited to maybe have a chance to tie it or beat it once I get up there.”

One of the reasons Dotson picked the Spartans over Penn State in July was the way the Spartans offense uses the tight end.  Did Saturday’s game allow him to see himself on the field in the future?

“I could see myself helping the offense,” he said. “Josiah did alright and whenever he got the ball he did alright.  They could always hit the tight ends more, as always (with a laugh).  But the team is really young and I understand that.  So while it might be an off year, don’t expect the same thing for next year.”

Dotson and his Moeller teammates so far are 3-5 on the season with two weeks remaining in the regular season.  Dotson has posted 14 receptions for 249-yards and three touchdowns this season and if the Crusaders can win their next two games, they’ll have a chance to make the playoffs and cause some havoc.

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