A trip to New Jersey is always welcome for Nazareth (Pa.) 2018 receiver Jahan Dotson. Dotson grew up in East Orange, N.J. before he moved an hour west and the majority of his family still lives in the Garden State.
Rutgers climbed quickly on Dotson’s list after he became one of the first 2018s to earn an offer under Chris Ash’s regime.
“My visit was amazing,” said Dotson, who attended Saturday’s junior day event on campus. “Like they always say, Ash has a plan. He emphasizes effort and attitude, and I really caught on with that. I really want to build on that.
“… The facilities and the atmosphere with the new coaches is impressive. I liked how they’re young.”
Youth and energy at the wide receiver position stood out to Dotson, who spoke highly of Philadelphia native Jafar Williams.
“He was great actually,” Dotson said. “He and I had a little talk about how they just watched my tape and they loved it. I think he could be a really great asset to me as a coach because of all of the places he’s been and exposure he has. He can boost my game.”
One of Ash’s first hires – strength coach Kenny Parker – made an impression on Dotson.
“He just stood out to me,” he said. “I don’t know how else to say it. He had a lot of life lessons that I could learn from, and I know he could help me develop.”
Dotson holds offers from Rutgers, West Virginia and Penn State and heads to State College, Pa. this weekend. The 6-foot, 165-pound receiver has no plans to rush the recruiting process.
“I’m loving it so far and it’s been fun,” he said. “I can’t wait to keep it going but [the advice I get] is to just stay humble. That’s pretty much what I’ve been hearing. Learn how to control it at times because it can get stressful.”