Cactus senior offensive guard Denzel Dotson gave his verbal commitment to Washington State University after visiting the Pullman, Wash. campus during the holiday weekend.
The visit made quite an impression on Dotson, who went in lukewarm about the program but left comfortable enough to make his decision earlier than he anticipated.
“At first, I really didn’t think too much of Washington State, but as I got to know more about the campus and the facilities and the coaches, it changed my thoughts about them,” Dotson said. “I really ended up loving it there. The coaches have a really good philosophy and the athletic director (Bill Moos) kind of made the blueprint for Oregon. He came out of retirement and he’s getting new facilities, changing things and trying to make it better than Oregon.”
Dotson (6-3, 310) is a third-year starter for the Cobras and received interest from Air Force, Arizona State and Wyoming. But he finished the Labor Day weekend already feeling like a Cougar.
“Everybody’s really nice there. The redshirt freshmen took me under their wings,” Dotson said. “It’s like a big family there, there’s not any cliques or anything like that. Everybody hangs out together. When you have that bond, you want to work harder for your teammates.”