Recruiting: Dotson Has 'Great' Trip to Forty Acres

<b>Alonzo Dotson</b>, the 6-4, 225-pound senior defensive end for the Hastings Bears, was in Austin over the weekend for his scheduled official visit to Texas.

Dotson brings impressive NFL bloodlines to the table. His grandfather (Alphonse Dotson) played for the Oakland Raiders and his uncle (Santana Dotson), who is currently re-habbing this season, played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Green Bay Packers and is presently with the Washington Redskins. That's just one of the reasons teams from across the country have pursued the sack-mad end from Alief.

With a 4.62 forty, 33-inch vertical, long arms and tremendous athleticism, Reese and Co. would like nothing better than to add Dotson to the mix at DE. Pass rushing specialists are a major priority for Texas and Dotson is one of the best.'s 4th-best end in the state needs a little work in the strength department, however, owning just a 285-pound bench, 265-pound incline bench and a 405-pound squat. Injuries during his junior campaign obviously affected his ability to get stronger. But with state-of-the-art facilities equipped with arguably the best weightroom and strength and conditioning coach (Maddog Madden) in America, Dotson could flourish. He's certainly not a project and his frame will allow plenty of room for bulking up.

At this point, it's his on-field production, speed, and upside that makes him a national-100 prospect according to some services. But let's get back to his production as a high school senior. Dotson had 70 tackles (32 solo) with 25 of those going for a loss, 12.5 sacks, 5 tipped passes, 3 forced fumbles and 2 fumble recoveries. Granted, we're talking high school football players against high school football players, but this was in arguably one of the toughest districts in all of 5A. Add some weight and put him on a good weightlifting program and Dotson may have more potential than any other DE in the state.

Texas certainly isn't the only top program interested as Dotson has official visits set with Colorado (Dec. 20) and Oklahoma (Jan. 10) with Arkansas a possibility as well. Initially, he was slated for a trip to UCLA this past weekend instead of Texas, but with Bob Toledo being forced out Dotson lost interest in the Bruins, at least for now.

So, how was his trip to The University of Texas?

"Oh, it was great," Dotson said. "Rodrique Wright (former Alief Hastings teammate) played host and I hung out with him, (Marco) Martin and (Brett) Valdez pretty much the first night and we all went out to Sixth Street."

"Saturday night, I hung out in the dorm rooms and had like 15 guys come into the room where I was hangin' out and playing video games in and they were asking me what I was going to do," Dotson said as he was cracking up. "Guys like Vincent Young, Garnett Smith, Rodrique Wright and Erik Hardeman... can't remember the names of all of them, but it was like 15-20 guys and that was kind of a tense moment [laughing]. I mean, when your peers come to you like that, that's pressure. The coaches can get onto you, but when your peers come at you, that's different."

So, what happened?

"Ahh man, I just kept focusing on the video game I was playing and they finally left me alone," Dotson said as you could see his ear-to-ear grin through the phone.

"Oh yeah, we also went to check out the competition since they (Texas football team) had a practice," he continued. "They had it in the 'Bubble' and I got a chance to check that out. It was kind of weird, it's like being under water so many feet, can't remember what the coaches said, but it made my ears pop. Guess I would have to get used to it if I came to Texas, but I think I'd rather practice outside."

"Overall, I liked the trip," Dotson said. "Real people... I'm talking about the football team and coaches. Everybody's humble and nobody's real snotty. The coaches are really nice and they want to turn you into a man and make you a better person. I just had a real good time."

Even with Tim Crowder already in the fold, the Horns still could use a couple more defensive ends. Particularly Dotson and Jarvis Moss. Stay tuned.

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