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Decision Day for Major 4-Star Pitt Defensive Back Target

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Pitt defensive back target Elijah Dotson.

It’s decision day for one of the top targets on the Pitt board in the class of 2025.

Elijah Dotson — a 6-foot-2, 175-pound four-star defensive back from Belleville High in Detroit, Mich. — will announce his collegiate decision Saturday at 3 p.m.

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Dotson named a top eight of Illinois, Kansas, Kansas State, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, Pitt, Purdue and Tennessee in March, but his decision will be made between Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State and Pitt. The Panthers are in a good position for the Detroit native.

“They’ve been showing a lot of love,” Dotson told Pittsburgh Sports Now in March. “They were my first offer, so that will always be a special one. They’ve been consistent since day one. They’re the first school for me to get my journey rolling.”

Pitt initially offered Dotson on Jan. 17, 2023. Archie Collins extended the offer and the Pitt staff has done everything they can to roll out the red carpet since.

“I got a great relationship with Pitt, probably the best relationship with any coach right now. Everything’s been good for the most part. They’ve been recruiting me pretty hard,” Dotson said.

Collins, in particular, has been the driving force in Dotson’s commitment.

“He’s a great coach,” Dotson said about Collins. “He teaches me a lot. He wants what’s best for me. He’s there to answer questions. I watch film with him. We talk a lot.”

Collins and Cory Sanders are recruiting Dotson as a defensive, a cornerback, in particular. Dotson, who is an All-American and Junior Olympian on the track, is an athlete who has been recruited offensively and defensively, but Pitt sees him as a lockdown corner. A corner that could slide inside if needed.

Dotson did a lot of everything during his junior season at the University of Detroit Jesuit High, racking up 43 receptions, 1,653 all-purpose yards and 18 total touchdowns — adding 66 tackles, three interceptions and 11 pass breakups. And he feels like Collins would be able to help elevate his game.

“My goal is to go to the league,” Dotson said. “Coach Collins produces guys like that and obviously that would be a great fit and if he can get me to the league, then that’s my best option. It’s exciting to be able to work with somebody like him.”

247Sports rates Dotson as the 24th-ranked safety and third-ranked recruit from Michigan in the class while On3 rates him as the 18th-ranked athlete and eighth-ranked recruit from Mchigan.

Rivals rates him as the 98th-ranked wide receiver and 10th-ranked recruit from Michigan.

Pitt has received a handful of visits from Dotson, a 7-on-7 visit in which Collins was fortunate enough to attend courtesy of his son and an unofficial visit for a spring practice on March 22. The Pitt coaches have made it clear where Dotson stands.

“They tell me, ‘We want you bad.’ They’ve been consistent and honest,” Dotson said. “That’s all I’ve been asking for is consistency, honesty and a family environment and that’s what they’ve been showing me.”

Pitt currently holds five commitments in the class of 2025, offensive lineman Shep Turk (Jefferson Hills, Pa.), three-star wide receiver Tony Kinsler (Port Orange, Fla.), three-star wide receiver Bryce Yates (Chesterfield, Va.), three-star defensive lineman Trevor Sommers (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) and three-star quarterback Mason Heintschel (Oregon, Ohio), and it’s not unlikely that a couple more soon join the class this spring.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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Kelvin Byrd
Kelvin Byrd
1 month ago

“They were my first offer, so that will always be a special one. They’ve been consistent since day one. They’re the first school for me to get my journey rolling.” As soon as you hear stuff like this, you know he’s not going to Pitt. How many times have Pitt fans heard this type of thing? Whoever interviewed this kids should have asked him who’s offered him the most pay and NIL opportunity. I hope I’m wrong, but this kid’s isn’t coming to Pitt. Now, he may end up here in three seasons when his plans don’t pan out, but… Read more »

Randino
Randino
1 month ago
Reply to  Kelvin Byrd

I don’t know man. I think pitt might have a shot at this kid. He also said he wants consistency and a family environment and so far, pitt has been able to provide that.

Last edited 1 month ago by Randino
On Campus Stadium Please
On Campus Stadium Please
1 month ago
Reply to  Randino

you think pitt has consistency? coaches have left and they have a new QB every other game

Craig
Craig
1 month ago

they do have consistency in the defensive backfield. Same scheme, Same DC, Same DB coaches for years. DBs never transfer out of here to go to better teams, and they have DBs drafted into the NFL regularly.

Kelvin Byrd
Kelvin Byrd
1 month ago
Reply to  Randino

Well, paint me shocked, they got him! Hope they can hold on to him.

Menotyou
Menotyou
1 month ago
Reply to  Kelvin Byrd

Damn, we were both wrong. I agreed with you completely.

Jane
Jane
1 month ago

no pat signal no go to pick

Brooklyn Bridge
Brooklyn Bridge
1 month ago

Believe he is coming to Pitt……….

J D
J D
1 month ago

Can’t see him leaving his home state

BigB
BigB
1 month ago

Bet he sells out to the highest bidder!

katuracassells@gmail.com
katuracassells@gmail.com
1 month ago

I believe the article mentioned that he plays safety. Unless he can play corner, the urgency isn’t as great to land him.

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