COMMIT: Cougs land Arizona beef

WASHINGTON STATE OFFICIALLY hosted an offensive guard prospect from Arizona this weekend. He had planned to wait on his decision but after the way the Cougar players took him in and made him feel part of the family, after he saw the Cougs in action and where the program is headed, after he talked at length with Paul Wulff, Steve Morton and the WSU staff, he said he couldn't hold back any longer.

Denzell Dotson (6-2.5, 315) is Wazzu-bound.

"Today, I talked to the coaches... And after I saw everything up there, the people there are great and took me in like I was family," said Dotson out of Glendale's Catcus High. "The redshirt freshmen really took me in and showed me the ins and out of everything. And I wanted to really be a part of that. The direction the program is going, they're turning everything around.

"And I couldn't complain about the weather, that's for sure.

"I committed right before I left and got on the plane."

Dotson held seven offers including one from Arizona State. And last year's trend at WSU of early prep arrivals in January will continue.

Dotson is on track to graduate high school in December and touch down in Pullman in January, where he'll start college coursework and later, take part in the Cougs' spring ball session.

Dotson, according to, plays a physical brand of football, a guard prospect who is, "very good in a phone booth. Strong, once he gets his hands on a defender, call it quits. Big, thick legs help him play with a sound base. Has the size to compete now but needs to avoid getting too much bigger, could end up hurting his mobility in the long run."

"I tried to hold it back, I wanted to let my coach know first but then I told coach Wulff I loved everything and wanted to commit… He didn't think that I was going to commit so he was excited. His whole coaching staff was busy watching film next door so I got to go in there and shake everybody's hands," said Dotson.

Dotson enjoyed the Cougs' 64-21 win on Saturday, and especially the performances from the linemen.

"I was watching closely, the coaches know what they're doing, especially the o-line coach. he knows how to coach, he really respects his players and wants the best for them -- the way he coaches and how he strives to get you to your best, that's what really hit me," said Dotson.

Dotson will get his first look at guard though he could also potentially play center. He has offers from Washington State, Arizona State, Air Force and others, while Georgia Tech, UCLA and Cal were all showing varying shades of interest.

Driving down from Spokane for his visit, Dotson said he didn't know what to expect. Turns out, the college town atmosphere was exactly what he was looking for in a school and football program.

"As you get deeper into the town and the city, it gets really pretty cool there. I'm really excited to get up there next year," he said.

Denzell Dotson profile

Dotson becomes the 12th known commitment in the 2012 class, joining OT B.J. Salmonson, Rashad Jackson, CB Vershad Jackson, WR Travis Gardner, DT Maurice Bennett, RB Terrell Davis, S Taylor Taliulu, QB Austin Apodaca, MLB Jordan Pulu, S David Bucannon and WR Dalen Jones. The Cougs are projected to take 19-20 for the 2012 class when Signing Day arrives in February.

"A solid pick up ... especially over an in state offer. Denzell is a big thick kid, strong. Definitely a guard," said's Jason Jewell.

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