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Three-Star ATH Elijah Dotson Recaps Wisconsin Football Visit



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Sep 9, 2023; Pullman, Washington, USA; Wisconsin Badgers helmet sits during a game against the Washington State Cougars in the first half at Gesa Field at Martin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

The Wisconsin football program hosted several 2025 prospects during the Badgers 24-13 win over the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. 

Three-star athlete Elijah Dotson was in attendance, his first time on campus since being offered by Wisconsin in May. 

“My visit was great,” Dotson told BadgerNotes. “The coaches and the recruiters showed me and my family a lot of love and made it known that I was a priority to them.”

Elijah Dotson Recaps Recent Wisconsin Football Visit 

Saturday was Dotson’s first opportunity to meet with the Badgers staff in person, but he has still been hearing from the Wisconsin football staff often.

“I talk to coach (Mike) Brown a lot, we have a good relationship,” Dotson said. “He’s a good coach and a relatable guy.”

Dotson initially received an offer from Wisconsin to play wide receiver. The University of Detroit Jesuit High School standout has spent time playing at receiver, defensive back, and safety. After the Badgers staff got a glimpse of his play on defense, they’re open to Dotson playing on either side of the ball.

“They saw my defensive tape, and from talking with the coaches, I think they kind of want me to decide where I want to play, but they think my defensive ceiling is higher.”

Dotson seems to agree with that assessment. He believes he can play all over the field, but he sees his skillset translating better to the defensive side of the ball.

“I think I’d prefer to play defensive back. I’m 6-foot-2, I can move, I can hit, I can tackle, and I play receiver, so I know what receivers are doing and different tendencies to look for,” Dotson told BadgerNotes.

It wasn’t just Wisconsin football coaches that he spent time with, though, as he was caught up with another Michigan native during his visit.

“I talked to Amare Snowden. He’s from Michigan, and we talk and text every now and then,” Dotson said. “I had the chance to talk with him before and after the game.”

What’s Next for Elijah Dotson?

Dotson has received plenty of attention early on in his recruitment, currently holding offers from the likes of Pitt, Tennessee, Wyoming, Central Michigan, Louisville, Kansas, Michigan, Penn State, Maryland, Bowling Green, and Indiana. 

Dotson plans to make some other stops this season to some other schools expressing interest, but he hasn’t ruled out making a return trip to UW.

“I’m visiting Tennessee next weekend, and I’ve been to Michigan and Penn State. Also looking at Pitt and Louisville,” Dotson said. “I don’t think I’ll be coming back to Wisconsin this season because of my schedule, but I think I’ll come during the offseason.”

Dotson is fielding interest from all over the map, so he will take his recruitment day by day. Still, he did note that Wisconsin football is high on his list after his visit.

“Oh yeah, they’re high in my recruitment for sure. They showed me a lot of love, so that brought them up on my list,” Dotson told BadgerNotes.

Dotson noted that he doesn’t have any timeframe for his commitment, but he did note what would be the most important things for him when he narrows down his list of potential suitors.

“Outside of football, academics is a big thing,” Dotson said. “Football can’t last forever, especially with the positions I play, so education is going to be big. Also just where I fit in the system and culture. I’ll talk with my family on where feels like home.”

As it stands, Wisconsin football holds commitments from Landyn Locke and Remington Moss in the 2025 recruiting class.

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