UCLA Still in Touch With Dotsy

Vaughn Dotsy, the 6-5, 345-pound offensive lineman from Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure, who has double-digit scholarship offers, attended the UCLA game last weekend. He talked about UCLA, what a Bruin offer would mean, and more...

Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure offensive lineman Vaughn Dotsy (6-5, 345) holds double digit scholarship offers, but the burly lineman is hoping to snag a few more with a strong start to the season.

When asked what schools he'd like to offer him, Dotsy said, "UCLA is one school that I've been talking a lot with that could offer me and after that is Notre Dame."

Dotsy attended UCLA's home opener with BYU over the weekend, and he had a chance to speak with offensive line coach Bob Connelly following the game. "I was there for BYU and it was a good game," said Dotsy. "UCLA was looking real good and I had a good time there. The Rose Bowl was cool to watch a game at. Afterwards I talked with Coach Connelly and he said that they were still watching me and to stay in touch."

Dotsy said that he's being recruited as both a tackle and a guard, but after having played tackle the past two seasons, he's back at guard for the Seraphs.

"I haven't really talked that much with UCLA about what position I'd play, it would be whatever they'd need me at," said Dotsy. "Honestly, it's a hard decision. I love both positions, but I just love playing so to me I wouldn't really care. I played left tackle all last year but I had to go back down to guard because of injuries to my teammates so I can play either spot."

Dotsy has offers from schools like Michigan, Nebraska, LSU, Florida, UNLV, San Diego State, Arizona, Arizona State, Nevada and Ole Miss, but said an offer from the Bruins would be a big deal for him.

"If UCLA offered me, I'd probably lean towards them," said Dotsy. "It's close to home and I'm familiar with the program. I'm not going to count any other school out because I haven't given the chance to other schools. I'm going to try and take all five of my visits if I can."

Nebraska is the trip to that Dotsy has been seriously planning. "We're trying to figure out a busy schedule, and it's a matter of getting my mom to go," said Dotsy. "But Nebraska is the one I'm closest to scheduling."

The rest, Dotsy said, are still up in the air.

After measuring in at 6-4.5, 367, at the Scout Combine, Dotsy said he wanted to slim down some during the off-season, and he said he's shed 22 pounds to get to his current 345. Dotsy also clocked a 5.3 forty, showing he could move.

"I'm in good football shape for the year," said Dotsy. "I don't get tired for the games anymore. I'm even playing a little defensive tackle in practice and I hope I get thrown in there on some goal line packages. Or even fullback and tight end." After escaping with a 1-point win over Santa Margarita in the opener, Dotsy said that the game showed character. "I think it proved to us we had heart, that we're never going to back down no matter what," said Dotsy.

And they'll need it, since they now hit a daunting part of their schedule. This weekend, the Seraphs face defending D-I state champions Canyon, then next weekend take on D-III state champion Oaks Christian. They finish the first half of the season with a game against Crespi, another top-ranked school in the state.

Academically, Dotsy has a 3.5 GPA and scored a strong 24 on the ACT.


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