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Top Pitt Commit Elevated to 4-Star on Another Platform



Pitt defensive back target Elijah Dotson.

Elijah Dotson is the top-ranked Pitt recruit in the class of 2025, ranked as a four-star by 247Sports, On3 and now ESPN.

Dotson — a 6-foot-2, 175-pound four-star defensive back from Belleville High in Detroit, Mich. — was elevated to a four-star by ESPN over the weekend, rated as the 21st-ranked athlete, 29th-ranked recruit in the region and fifth-ranked recruit from Michigan.

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Dotson committed to Pitt last month, choosing the Panthers over Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State and others. And he knew it was going to be the Panthers for a while.

“They were my first offer, I have a good relationship with coach Collins, he’s from Detroit and I’m from Detroit so we’ve kind of got that connection,” Dotson said. “And the last time I visited they showed me more than just football, they showed me the school and everything.

“They’ve been on me really heavy the last two months, the whole offseason really. I have a good relationship with coach Narduzzi, so everything just felt right.”

Pitt recruited him heavily over the prior two years, which finally led to one of the most important commitments in the class. Archie Collins officially extended an offer in January of 2023, and it’s been a lasting love.

“I’d say (Collins) played the biggest role in me committing there,” Dotson said. “They put DBs in the league, you wanna look at it as more than just football, but at the end of the day, you have to look at the coach and coach Collins produces, he develops, and he really cares about his players. I talked to a lot of people — I went to the combine and talked to all the Pitt players there just trying to figure out if it was really the place for me, and coach Collins is real. I’ve heard it from everybody.”

Dotson has played more safety than cornerback during his high school career, but that will change this season. He wants to be a cornerback, so that’s what he will play for his final season of high school ball. He could play either at the next level, but Collins sees him outside, and that’s where the best playmakers line up.

“They’re real aggressive on the defense, they’re real physical and I feel like that’s my play style,” Dotson said. “They’re gonna make plays and I feel like they’re gonna put me in a position to make those plays. They kind of got an old school mentality, coach Narduzzi, they play old school football and that’s kind of my vibe. I’m an old school player, I love hitting, I love being physical and of course, I love making plays.”

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 will be able to help elevate his game.

He’s going to start off at defensive back. Dotson has the chance to be a legitimate cornerback, but he’s not he’s not limited to one side of the ball either.

“Obviously I want to start off learning the playbook and my biggest thing is playing defense,” Dotson said. “So, my freshman year, I’m coming in and learning the playbook. I’m gonna start off really just playing DB so I can learn the playbook, get comfortable and really perfect my craft and they said that’s an option if — you gotta dominate on side of the ball before you can play the other. So, if I go there and dominate on defense, okay, I got a chance to go on offense if that’s what I want to do.”

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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Kelvin Byrd
Kelvin Byrd
26 days ago

Dude will de commit and never make it to campus.

I hope I’m wrong, but this is the reality we live in now.

26 days ago
Reply to  Kelvin Byrd

Why do dudes like you even bother to be fans?!? Y’all complain when we lose recruiting battle then you complain and are afraid when a recruit is elevated in stars. Just pick another team to support. Plenty of teams have room on the band wagon.

Momma C
Momma C
18 days ago
Reply to  Kelvin Byrd

It’s OK to be WRONG!!!

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