With 13 offers and counting, 2018 point guard Devon Dotson is starting to make the rounds at interested schools.
This weekend, he visited both North Carolina State and Wake Forest, two programs that have already offered the 6-foot-1 guard from Charlotte.
“I liked both of their campuses. NC State was bigger, but they both were really nice,” Dotson said. “I talked to the coaching staffs. I like that staffs and had good visits.”
Dotson visited the Wolfpack Friday.
“I got on campus around noon at N.C. State. I got to talk to coach (Mark) Gottfried,” Dotson said. “After that I met with the nutritionist and the weight room coach. We took a tour of the campus, including the football stadium.”
The technology available for the athletes impressed Dotson in Raleigh.
“I think it’s called a pod, where the athletes can go in there and it diagnoses if you’ve got bone deficiencies and tells you a lot about your body,” he said. “If you have any pain at all, they can figure it out and work to improve it.”
Gottfried is telling Dotson that he’s the Wolfpack’s top priority for 2018.
“He’s saying that I’m him no. 1 recruit for this class, and they’re not recruiting any other point guards in this class,” Dotson said. “He loves me and thinks highly of me. He thinks I can make the difference my freshman year and help the team win.”
His visit Saturday to Wake also began around noon and included a tour of campus before meeting with coach Danny Manning.
He also got to watch one of Wake’s pre-Bahamas trip practices.
“I saw them scrimmage, going into game situations. It thought it was a good practice. Coach Manning was on the players hard,” Dotson said. “They were putting in sets before their trip to the Bahamas. They were going over their offense and doing some late-game situations so they can be ready in the tough moments of the game. Overall, I thought it was a great practice.”
Dotson knows both Keyshawn Woods and Brandon Childress from Wake’s current squad, and was also impressed with the technology used by the Demon Deacon coaching staff.
“They are one of the schools that have the monitors on the player’s body, where it tracks the player’s movement,” Dotson said.
His main contact at Wake are Manning and assistant coach Brett Ballard.
“They said their offense fits my style of play,” Dotson said. “They say they like to attack, attack and use a lot of ball screens. If I come in, I can affect the game and help their team win.”
Entering his junior season at Providence Day School and after a successful summer playing AAU ball for Team Charlotte, Dotson isn’t in any hurry to make a college decision.
“I’m going to see how this year goes, and I’ll take my unofficial visits,” he said. “I haven’t planned any official visits yet. I’m going to slowly get to the point where I’ll make a decision, but I don’t think it’s anytime soon, but you never know.”