For Jahan Dotson, a Big Ten recruitment is coming down to the wire; will Penn State win out?
Peddie School receiver Jahan Dotson at The Opening Regionals in New Jersey on April 30, 2017.
Jahan Dotson used to live in Nazareth, Pa., but really, New Jersey was always where the Class of 2018 four-star wide receiver called home.
The junior ended up back there, at the Peddie School in Hightstown, N.J., last year, and after a quality penultimate high school season, he’s ready to try and win a state title as a senior.
It’s a goal that will be aided by the fact that the pass catcher is likely to be undistracted by recruiting by then, considering he has plans to have a decision made by the time a chase for a Garden State championship gets underway.
Penn State, Michigan, and Ohio State are the schools the 5-foot-11, 165-pound pass catcher is hearing from most, and he could make a decision after a trip to Ann Arbor the weekend of May 20.
“Maybe a month or two for a decision,” he said before The Opening Regionals event in New Jersey last weekend.
He recently took in the Blue-White game at Penn State, which gave him a chance to gain a new perspective on the Lions.
“It was a really cool experience,” Dotson said. “Just that whole weekend was really cool. The whole day, the Blue-White game, that’s like a holiday for them, and it was really cool.
“I didn’t know Penn State was as good of an academic school as they are, so learning about that was really cool.”
Dotson also saw Ohio State’s spring game, which is why the trip to Michigan is now key. If he makes it, the receiver and his family can then sit down and compare the three schools side-by-side based on recent trips and, combined with everything else that they know about the coaches and programs, make an informed choice.
Distance from home does not appear to be a factor (academics seem to top the list), yet it probably doesn’t hurt that the Lions are the closest to New Jersey of the three main competitors vying to land the No. 15 receiver in the country according to the 247Sports Composite.
“It’s pretty cool being back home,” he said. “All my family lives in New Jersey, so it’s pretty cool living back here.
“Basically, being close to my family; my grandparents, it’s easier for them to get to the games now, and the [Peddie School] is helping me academically.”
Penn State already has one receiver, four-star Monmouth Junction, N.J., talent Justin Shorter, in its Class of 2018, and hopes to take a receiver or two more to go along with him.
Currently, Dotson’s 247Sports’ Crystal Ball has 73 percent of the predictions, including all of the most recent ones, logged for the Lions.
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