With scholarship offers from Alabama and Georgia, as well as a host of others, sophomore wide receiver Jahan Dotson was one of the highest profile visitors at Notre Dame’s Blue-Gold Game on Saturday.
Shortly after the spring exhibition the 5-foot-11, 160-pounder from Nazareth, Pa., added another offer to his impressive list.
“Coach (Brian) Kelly, he actually brought me into his office after the game,” Dotson said. “We had a quick conversation and he said he's offering me a scholarship. I was very excited, very excited. He said he watched my highlight film and it was very impressive. They liked my speed and they offered me a scholarship offer based on my highlight film and what they saw.”
Dotson and his parents and girlfriend made the 10-hour trip to South Bend on Friday. They arrived in Indiana around 2 a.m. that night and made their way to campus early on Saturday to take part in the Irish’s recruiting activities.
That included a tour of the athletic facilities and campus.
“The campus is great,” he said. “It’s a great atmosphere and everything. I really liked it.”
During the trip, Dotson had the chance to talk with several of the Irish coaches including his area recruiter, Scott Booker.
“He basically just talked to me about how life after football will be big if I came to Notre Dame and how much they could do for me,” Dotson said. “He's the recruiting coach in my area and he'll be checking in with me and everything like that.”
He also learned how the Irish would use him in their offense.
“They said they would definitely be excited to have me there,” Dotson said. “I talked to coach (Mike) Denbrock and he said basically I could play any wide receiver spot and make plays. We talked a lot about academics because that's just a huge part and they definitely stressed that. That gives me something to do if football isn't there.”
As a sophomore, Dotson recorded 66 receptions for 1,179 yards and scored 16 touchdowns. He also returned kicks and played on defense.
“Pretty much my main position was the X but they moved me all over the field,” he said. “I played special teams and defense and I had a couple rushing touchdowns.”
Dotson had already visited Penn State and Rutgers. Notre Dame compared favorably to the two and the Irish are among his early favorites.
“Definitely pretty high,” he said. “Just overall with all the schools that have offered me, Notre Dame is always going to be high, even if they didn't offer me. I've always had interest in Notre Dame and they rank among the highest schools.”
Dotson plans to see several more schools this summer.