2014 Class Positional Impact: Running Backs

Today we continue our position-by-position look at how the players in the 2014 class will impact each position, where they fit into the depth as well as how they will effect things this fall and in the future. Our focus with this article will look at how the one running back they took will fit in...

Who Signed

Jomon Dotson (American Canyon High School - American Canyon, Ca.)


With the staff changeover, there were several offers out to running backs. The Dawgs were early favorites of Joe Mixon and Demario Richard, but both wound up signing elsewhere.

Washington got in a little late on Kalen Ballage who was projected at running back, but could have played multiple positions on the field and could wind up doing just that for Arizona State.

Dotson was committed to Colorado early in October, but when the Huskies came calling in late December and early January, they made such an impression on him that he decided to take a visit. Shortly after returning from his visit, Dotson chose to switch his commitment over to Washington and wound up being the only running back the Huskies signed.

Scouting/Film Study

Dotson won't wow you with his size, but he reaches top speed really quickly, within the first few steps, and he's got great vision, so that allows him to find the creases in a defense and then he has enough speed to take it the distance.

He's got good burst through the hole and he can cut on a dime. When you watch his film, he constantly makes second and third-level defenders miss.

One area he needs to improve on his getting bigger. At just 165 pounds, Dotson doesn't appear as if he's ready to take a hit at the collegiate level, so that is definitely an area he will want to focus on once he arrives in Seattle this fall.

Depth Chart/The Future

The one thing that you can say about Washington's running back group, there are a lot of bodies to choose from.

Even with the early loss of Bishop Sankey to the NFL, the Huskies still have Dwayne Washington, Jesse Callier, Lavon Coleman, Deontae Cooper and Ryan McDaniel and all five have traits to fit into the offense one way or the other.

Washington and Coleman appear to be the most prepared to take on a bulk of the carries that are left on the table with Sankey's departure.

Cooper and Callier look like good depth players who can be counted on to be solid in the passing game. For his part, if Cooper continues to improve after three torn ACLs, he could be the sleeper of the group, but until that happens, you just cannot count on him doing much.

McDaniel has done little sine arriving back in the spring of 2012, but he did have a solid spring and fall camp, so maybe a fresh start under a new staff is the key.

Because he lacks the size needed to play the position at the Pac 12 level right now, don't expect to see Dotson this fall, but with a year in the system and if he's able to add 20 to 30 pounds in that time, he could be a really nice option in the offense once he sees the field.

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