The Nevada Wolf pack had one heck of a talent headed their way next season in the form of one All State QB named Isaac Dotson. The young man from Newport High School had been committed to head over to Nevada and be a star for the future at Qb; at least that was the plan.
Then about an hour ago he announced the word that he was making a move to the Pac 12 and switching his commitment. As of right now he will be signing with the Washington State Cougars in February. And we caught up to him a bit ago to talk through it all.
“I had the offer from WSU back in May. But it was not for Quarterback but for athlete. Nevada was running the pistol and I knew that was a great fit so that is why I was committed there,” said Dotson.
He continued, “Coach Chris Ault who decided to retire at Nevada and the offensive coordinator just took the job at Temple. That means they are not sure what offense they are running. That made me rethink it all.”
Now the back story is that Isaac’s parents are both graduate of WSU and are big time Cougar athletic supporters as his Dad wrestled there. Then he has one Sister who just graduated from WSU and one who is a student there now. Would it be that he could join the Dotson tradition and head over to Pullman?
“Yes they are all Cougars. And that was a factor. You know I grew up my whole life wanting to be a Cougar; dreaming of it in fact. Coach Leach and Coach Russell (Eric) explained to me that Jeff Tuel (starting QB) was not granted an extra year of eligibility and they had another guys transfer at the QB spot. That opens the door for me to get a serious look there now as a QB. So I am officially switching my commitment to WSU. ”
He wants to be a Cougar. And he wants to be a Quarterback. Dotson is a kid that many people feel would be an instant impact player in the defensive secondary as a big powerful Safety. And he could be a serious threat at the WR / Slot position too just given the physical size and gifts that he has. And he knows all of this. But he wants that shot to be a QB.
On the way home from Pullman he talked about his meeting with Coach Leach.
“We met an openly talked about the position. He wants me to come out and compete for a QB spot right away. And he says he can see me in that position. But I know he feels I can fit into other positions too. So the plan is to get to WSU and compete to be the QB. ”
He is confident given some time and a chance he will work out in Leach’s wide open offense. And we think he is right. Just because he ran the option in High School does not mean he is an option QB. He can do a lot of other things and one of them is throw the heck out of the football.
Now the family aspect are nice. That is a benefit no doubt but there was never any pressure.
“They are really excited I am going to be a Cougar and so am I. But they supported me all the way and there was never any pressure to go there. It is just working out for the best so were all happy for sure,” he concluded.
The Cougars are picking up a great in state recruit. One of the best they could have hoped for really. He joins Cody O’Connell of Wenatchee and a few others heading to Pullman this Summer.
Isaac Dotson is going to go a long way as a Cougar we feel and he is sure going to give them an option at the QB spot. A blue chip kid who will help any team any where is going to extend his family tradition at WSU!