WESTERVILLE, Ohio -- Already considered one of the best tight ends in the country, Cincinnati (Ohio) Moeller 2017 standout Matt Dotson came to Saturday’s Nike Opening Regional to prove that he is indeed one of the best players at his position group.
“I’m just trying to be the best tight end out here,” said Dotson said in an interview prior to the event. “If I can compete to the best of my ability, then I’ll definitely get open.”
After a long day of competition, his statement came true, as Dotson earned an invite to The Nike Opening Finals this July.
Dotson, who plans to make his final decision known sometime during this summer, also named his top-three schools in his recruitment.
“I would probably say Michigan State, Michigan and Penn State, once I get up there on May 21st,” Dotson said of his top-three schools. “So once I make to all of those schools a couple more times, I will be able to make a decision between those three.”
With U-M sitting squarely in his top-three, Dotson admits he’s intrigued with how coach Jim Harbaugh utilizes the tight in his offensive scheme.
“Yeah, it feel it’s great,” Dotson said when asked about U-M’s tight end based offense. “I feel it’s really great with what they do with their tight ends, they travel six to each game. That’s really eye appealing to the average tight end.”
Adding: “They want me to come in and be a Jake Butt style tight end. I feel like that is a very high honor to have. So If I come in I’ll have my hand down and slot out in the open field. So a little bit of everything.”
Next up, Dotson says he’s planning a return trip to Ann Arbor, Mich.
“The first time we went up there we did everything,” Dotson said. “We talked to the academic advisors, we went on tours and everything. So when I go up there I just want to do the same thing again, and just get a better feel for it.”
In the meantime, Dotson says his plan is to work on his game individually.
“I really want to work on my strength,” he said. “Last year I had surgery on my wrist, so I was out of the weight room for a while. So I have been really been pushing the weights pretty hard. I want to be able to be a better blocker. I know I can catch the ball and run routes, but I really want to be a good blocker, because to make it to the next level, even the level after that – you have to be a good blocker.”