Newport athlete w/ Cougar ties impressed

HE'S NO STRANGER to Pullman, having visited the Washington State campus at least four times. This past weekend, multi-purpose Isaac Dotson out of Bellevue was again out on the Palouse. This time it was for the Cougars' junior day event -- where he met Mike Leach and came away impressed.

Isaac Dotson (6-3, 200) plays quarterback at Newport (1,005 yards passing, 709 yards rushing, 20 TDs as a junior) but his best position at the college level may lie at receiver, defensive back or running back. He and the new WSU staff met for the first time this weekend and they went over his film together.

"It was really cool," said Dotson, whose dad Michael was a standout wrestler at WSU in the early 1980s. "I had been in contact with (Paul) Wulff and his staff but it was good to meet Leach and the new staff and see how things are run differently. Things are changing there and it seems like for the better.

"Leach says this is the best staff he's put together so I'm excited about that."

DOTSON SAID HIS dream is to play QB at the college level but that he's open to other positions. In the fall, Dotson will be playing both QB and free safety for the Knights.

"WSU asked if I would be open to playing other positions and whatever they decide to recruit me, I'm open to," Dotson said.

The junior said he enjoys every time he visits the WSU campus, and said this weekend's trip was no different.

"I love Pullman because it's such a college town," Dotson said. "It's the full college experience over there. It's a great community and everyone supports it. It's a great atmosphere."

DOTSON IS WAITING on his first offer but said he remains highly interested in WSU and plans on keeping in touch with the coaching staff.

In addition to Wazzu, he said that Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA, Stanford, Boise State, and Washington have been showing him the most interest early on in the recruiting process.

The junior will be at the Elite-11 Regional camp in mid-May down in Oakland, Calif., and said he will take advantage by visiting several campuses. He is also planning on going to Eugene in June for a camp at Oregon.

Dotson in early January competed at the U.S. Army National Combine at the Alamo Dome in San Antonio. He was surrounded by national talent, and said the trip couldn't have gone better.

"It went really well for me," Dotson said. "It was a great experience to see where I fit in at a national level and I was right in the middle of it. I made the honorable mention for the all-combine team so that was a pretty big for me."

In looking ahead, Dotson said he doesn't want to rush his decision on where he'll spend the next 4-5 years of his life.

"It's probably something I would like to have narrowed down to a few schools right before my senior season," Dotson said. "Hopefully I'll have a good idea where I'm headed but you never know. It's something I'll probably keep pretty open until signing day."

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