Make no mistake: 2 QBs in Cougs' new class

MULTI-DIMENSIONAL new Cougar Isaac Dotson is sure of this: he will play any position Mike Leach feels is best to help bring Washington State back to prominence. He's also sure of one other thing: Leach is going to have a heck of time playing him anywhere but quarterback.

Lest anyone forget that WSU's new recruiting class included two quarterbacks, not one, Isaac Dotson is more than eager to set you straight.

The 6-3, 210-pound Dotson is listed as an "athlete" on most recruiting lists because he projects into a wide variety of positions after a versatile, star-studded prep career. rated him one of the top 100 safety prospects in the nation.

Quarterback, however, was what Nevada's Chris Ault -- father of the Pistol and mentor of Colin Kaepernick -- had planned for Dotson before an unexpected retirement announcement.

As a senior in 2012 Dotson earned first-team all-league honors at quarterback after rushing for more than 1,000 yards with 17 touchdowns and passing for 700-plus yards and seven TDs.

Ault's retirement was just what WSU needed for Dotson -- a lifelong Cougar fan and son of a former WSU athlete -- to rethink his verbal commitment to the Wolfpack and look again at his favorite school.

The pride of Newport High in Bellevue says he and highly touted Tyler Bruggman talked last week.

"I look forward to playing with Tyler," Dotson said. "He's a good guy."

Asked if his mind was racing on Signing Day last week with news of Bruggman's brief second thoughts about following through on his verbal pledge to WSU, Dotson said he wasn't even aware of the commotion until late in the day when the tempest had passed.

His focus is on making an impression when fall camp opens in August.

"I'm going to go in and work hard. Coach told me I would get my shot (at quarterback)," Dotson said.

The Cougs would appear to need depth at the position. Fourth-year junior Connor Halliday and second-year freshman Austin Apodaca are the only scholarship quarterbacks currently on campus.

"I think I could start from the get-go," Dotson says unapologetically.

"Leach has always said he'll play the best player regardless of age and experience," Dotson said. "The coaches have promised me a shot at quarterback. Whether that is immediately or down the road will be determined later."

As for other positions, Dotson sounds as open to the possibilities as the recruiting services who covered him. "Honestly, I don't even have an answer to that yet," Dotson chuckled. "Safety, linebacker, receiver, running back, special teams. … I'll give the coaches absolutely everything I got regardless."

A leader by nature and a multi-dimensional threat on the gridiron, Dotson can affect the game with his arm and his legs. The versatile playmaker said he hopes to post video game-esque numbers for Washington State.

"I can remember playing NCAA Football as a kid and creating myself and always putting myself on the Cougs," Dotson said. "Now that it's real, it's just so awesome -- an absolute dream come true."

Dotson will arrive in Pullman this June for the Summer Advantage program designed to get prospective students and student-athletes ahead of the game, academically.

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