Michigan hosted a large group of California prospects over the weekend. However, the coaching staff also held one local 2017 prospect in Cincinnati, OH (Archbishop Moeller) four-star tight end Matt Dotson. The Moeller High School standout also visited Michigan State on Friday before his visit to Michigan on Saturday and through Sunday. The Wolverines tight end target was left with a lasting impression from the Michigan coaching staff.
— matt dotson (@Mattdotson21) April 16, 2016
“I thought my visit was great,” Dotson said about his Michigan visit. “I really liked the facilities, the way they use their tight ends in the offense, and how welcoming the coaches were. It didn’t feel like it was the first time I ever visited Ann Arbor. We literally did everything you could imagine. Took a tour of the football facilities, toured the entire campus, went into the stadium, walked around in The Big House, and watched a lot of film. I thought the campus was beautiful and it was great for student life; with shops and restaurants around.”
During Dotson’s visit, he spend a lot of time with Jim Harbaugh and Michigan’s tight ends coach Jay Harbaugh. The Harbaugh’s sold Dotson on being the next great tight end at Michigan, similar to what current Michigan tight end Jake Butt is doing. Both Jim and Jay Harbaugh left a big impression on Dotson.
“I spent most of my time at Michigan with Coach Harbaugh and Coach Jay Harbaugh,” Dotson mentioned. “They recruited me pretty hard on my visit, they told me that they pretty much need a guy like me who resembles Jake Butt, a guy who can do everything in the offense. I love those guys, they were the best two coaches I’ve been with so far in my recruitment.”
The Michigan coaching staff did not just say how Dotson could be the next Jake Butt. They showed him visually with thirty minutes of film and combining Butt’s film at Michigan to his film at Moeller High School and showing similar plays to one and other.
“I really think I could be the next Jake Butt or great tight end at Michigan. Coach Jay Harbaugh and Coach Jim Harbaugh took me into the film room and we went over the run game and then the pass game and he incorporated my film into it to show the the resemblance for about thirty minutes.”
After his visits to Michigan State on April 15th and Michigan on April 16th, Dotson has a list of his top five schools that are standing out to him. Despite not having a leader within his top five schools, he plans to release his top schools after he visits a few more schools.
“I mean I’m getting close to narrowing the list down to a top five once I visit a couple more times. As of right now, my top five schools are Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, Tennessee, and Ohio State. Those are the schools I have taken trips too and feel like could be the place for me to go.”
Dotson has taken several visits already to multiple schools, including a few visits to schools that are within his top five list of schools. However, he plans to announce his commitment sometime in June this summer. With a summer decision planned, Michigan looks really good as of right now for Dotson.
– Shane Kinnee (Senior Editor)