Providence Day (NC) point guard Devon Dotson hit the road over the weekend for a couple of in-state visits, as he checked out NC State and Wake Forest. First up was the visit to Raleigh last Friday.
"I like the campus," Dotson said of NC State. "It was really big. It was nice seeing the coaches ,and I talked to some players. It was a pretty cool visit. They had me up to show me what they do, and I spoke with a nutritionist which was unique."
Dotson is considered one of the top point guards in the 2018 recruiting class, and he already holds offers from NC State, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Kansas, Memphis, and Florida State among others.
Head coach Mark Gottfried informed him that he was a major target for the Wolfpack.
"Coach Gottfried told me that he believes I could be the best point guard in my class," said Dotson. "He hasn't really recruited any other point guards yet in my class, and he thinks I could be their guy. He told me that if I went there I could do great and maybe have a chance to make it to the next level.
"We had a good talk. I could tell he loves my game, and the staff really likes me. Coach Early is my recruiter for NC State, and we're building a strong relationship too."
NC State has Dennis Smith, who hails from Fayetteville (NC) on campus, and some think Dotson is the next great point guard out of North Carolina.
"They must be doing something right to get Dennis," said Dotson, laughing. "He's a great player and the No. 1 pick in a lot of drafts. I'm definitely taking notice of the point guards they are getting, and me and my family are going to watch them a lot early."
Dotson followed up his NC State visit with a trip to Winston-Salem where he met with Danny Manning and Wake Forest.
"It was a good visit," he said of Wake Forest. "I like the campus and watched them practice.
"They think my style fits how they play. They run a lot of pick-and-rolls, and they think I can come in and help the team win. They like my game and think it's a great fit for me."
How would Dotson describe his game?
"I would say I'm a fast point guard who can get in the lane and make plays for others as well as myself," he said. "I like to get in the lane and score or kick out to shooters. I try to be a leader, and I believe I'm a pure point guard."
While he is in no hurry to make a decision, Dotson admits that he understands most colleges take one point guard in a given year and that could impact his timeline.
"You always have to take notice of it," he said. "You still have to figure out which is the best option.
"You never know with recruiting, but there's no timeframe right now. I just want to see what the schools have to offer and what's the right fit for me. I'm going to see how teams look this fall and get a better feel for all the schools recruiting me."
Dotson is currently rated the No. 17 point guard in the country by Scout.com.