Coach Leach was probably sipping a nice cup of coffee, when in a tweet just sent a few moments ago, quarterback Isaac Dotson from Newport High in Bellevue, WA has committed to Washington State University.
Glad to announce that I’ve decided to fulfill my dream of playing PAC 12 football for the cougs. Committed to Washington State!
Dotson is a 6’3″ 220 lbs, 2 star quarterback (according to Scout) who was previously committed to Nevada before news of Chris Ault’s retirement came to fruition recently.
It has been recently questioned by some in Cougar Nation whether or not another qb would be taken by Leach and staff. The Cougs lost 3 signal callers for various reasons about a month ago. Jeff Tuel decided to forego his attempt at reinstatement due to injury and opted for the NFL. Cody Clements opted out to seek playing time at the JC level at Cerritos College. And last years’ 3rd string quarterback David Gilbertson decided to forego his final season of eligibility due to graduating and depth chart concerns.
Dotson would mark the 5th quarterback on the roster, adding to a group that includes incumbent starter Connor Halliday, redshirt freshman Austin Apodaca, 2013 4-star commit Tyler Bruggman and walk-on Jesse Brown. It’s not particularly big news from a quarterback standpoint, but it is a pretty big noteworthy item as far as spots remaining goes. Qb wasn’t one of the spots thought to be filled with the remaining 5 or 6 spots that the Cougs are likely to take.
However, the Cougs WERE expected to take a player from the “best athlete” category, and Dotson fills that position. So the thought by me is that he won’t necessarily be coming in to the qb position, but rather as an “athlete” that can fill in at multiple positions or add to the WR/LB/CB corps as needed with his big frame. He ran for more than 700 yards his junior season, along with throwing for over 1000.
At any rate, we’re excited to welcome Isaac Dotson into the Coug family. Michael Dotson was a standout wrestler here at Wazzu in the 80’s and was one of Isaac’s coaches at Newport. He must be very proud today!