Offer thrills Bellevue athlete, WSU legacy

BELLEVUE quarterback Issac Dotson of Newport High has been patient in the recruiting process, hoping for a Washington State offer. Wednesday night, he got the call from his parents' alma mater that he's been waiting for, with a WSU offer officially extended on the other line. He tells CF.C the Cougs are looking at him at several positions.

"Oh it's incredible," Dotson told CF.C shortly after WSU special teams coach Eric Russell made the offer. "I've dreamed of playing Pac-12 ball since I was a little kid. Both my parents went to Wazzu, my sister just graduated there and I have another sister going there in the fall. We're definitely a Coug family and it's an incredible opportunity and it's a blessing."

Dotson's father, Michael, was a standout wrestler for the Cougars in the early 1980s. Although his family is heavily crimson, Dotson said they are supportive of letting him make his own decision on which college is the best fit for him.

Dotson is an intriguing prospect for the Cougars, who offered him as an athlete and not at a particular position. The senior-to-be runs the Knights' offense and during his junior year had 1,005 yards passing, 709 rushing yards and 20 TDs.

However at 6-3,200 pounds, his frame and athleticism provides the possibility to shine at other positions as well. Dotson said the staff wants to get him out to Pullman and have him workout so they can look at him as a QB and other positions, such as receiver and outside linebacker.

"They (coaches) say that they definitely like how I'm a tough, physical player and they had a lot to say about my good character and how I'm the kind of guy they want in the program."

Dotson added that the staff isn't exactly sure what position they would line him up as, but said that he's been in touch with outside linebackers coach Jeff Choate about joining his unit. Dotson said he would welcome a move to the defensive side, simply for his love of contact and laying the hammer.

"I hit when I run so I definitely love hitting," Dotson said. "My first position was middle linebacker so I love to hit because it's a great part of the game."

WSU joins Montana, Montana State and Eastern Washington in offering a scholarship. Dotson said he's also gaining increased interest from UW, Oregon, Stanford, Boise State, Idaho and several others.

He has a busy month of June scheduled which begins with a trip to Eugene for the Nike football training camp on the 10th. He will then head to Nevada on June 11th, and Central Washington on the 23rd for Newport's team camp. Then on the 30th, he will participate in a small camp at UW. Dotson said he might squeeze in another trip to his already hectic schedule.

As for a trip to the Palouse, Dotson said he wasn't exactly sure when he would make the trip, but was shooting for somewhere towards July to showcase his talents to the coaches.

"I'm going to perform in front of the coaches and maybe convince them that I'm a Pac-12 quarterback," Dotson said.

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