As part of National Letter of Intent Signing Day, Times Shamrock newspapers’ Penn State football beat writer Donnie Collins is breaking down every member of Penn State’s 2018 recruiting class. This is a look at receiver Jahan Dotson, who is ranked as the No. 29 receiver prospect in the nation by Rivals.
School: Nazareth Area HS
Projected position: Receiver
Ranking: Four stars by 247sports, Rivals.com and ESPN.
Status: Signed LOI, expected to enroll Summer 2018
Other offers: Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, Iowa, Maryland, Miami (Fla.), Michigan, Michigan State, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, South Carolina, Syracuse, Temple, Tennessee, Texas A&M, UCLA, USC, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, West Virginia, Wisconsin.
Projection: Dotson had 62 catches for 889 yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior at Naazareth, and it’s not difficult to see why. The kid can flat out run, and he has the moves to make defenders miss in the open field. It’s over if he gets some green in front of him. Dotson is as well-known in Pennsylvania as a track star as he is a football prospect, having won gold medals at the PIAA track and field championships in the long jump and as a member of Nazareth’s 4×100 relay team. His football film looks a lot like what Penn State saw on DaeSean Hamilton’s tape when he joined the program with the 2013 class — good hands, precise route running, plenty of polish — and Hamilton turned out to be a really special player. If Dotson can match Hamilton’s work ethic, they could wind up being similar players. A lot of attention will be paid to Justin Shorter this summer when Penn State gets its first look at its newest wide receivers, but Dotson has just as good a shot to play as a true freshman and has a more obvious role right now, to boot.