The Oklahoman’s Super 30: How basketball highlights sparked recruiting for Berryhill’s Davis Dotson
TULSA — Davis Dotson wanted to play basketball.
What he didn’t want to do, however, was run.
Dotson was always one of the bigger kids growing up, and he loved playing basketball. Although he played plenty of football, too, basketball was his passion. Yet it wasn’t until his sophomore year of high school at Berryhill when Dotson realized football is what he truly wanted to do.
“I started hitting football weights really hard,” Dotson said. “I feel more athletic at 290 (pounds) than I was at 240.”
It’s safe to say his commitment to football paid off.
Dotson, a 6-foot-6, 293-pound prospect, has blossomed into one of the state’s top offensive linemen. His sheer size helps, but it’s Dotson’s athleticism that’s standing out to college programs recruiting him.
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Dotson holds offers from Syracuse, Arkansas State, Marshall, New Mexico, UNLV and others. He didn’t receive his first Division-I offer until May, but his basketball highlights helped spark his recruitment.
Shortly after posting his football highlight film, some college coaches told Dotson he should post his basketball highlight reel, as well.
So he did.
Nearly every conversation with colleges since has transitioned from talk about his play on the gridiron to his athleticism on the court.
“The bad part with COVID shutting down recruiting (visits) was coaches couldn’t see him physically,” Berryhill coach Pat Harper said. “Coaches could see he could move because of his basketball highlights, and they liked that he played other sports.”
Dotson’s first Division-I offer came May 20.
By June 20, that number increased to seven. It’s likely to keep increasing, too.
As recruits were allowed to begin visits to college campuses this month, Dotson has been busy visiting different camps. He has been in contact with numerous Power-5 programs during that span.
Most programs say the same things. When Dotson arrives at camp, he shows up as a mostly-unknown prospect. By the time he leaves, coaches think they’ve found a gem.
Yet offers haven’t come following every camp. A lot of times, Dotson said coaches want to keep him under the radar as much as possible to potentially nab a steal later in the recruiting cycle.
“I don’t like (being under the radar) at all,” Dotson said. “It kills me. I’m fine with (the offers) I have, but I’m always trying to get bigger and better.”
Dotson’s potential is massive.
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He’s a force up front trying to lead Berryhill to its first district title since 2018. As a prospect, he has the size of a major Power-5 offensive lineman and the athleticism to go along with it.
With a big senior season, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Dotson run to the top of numerous program’s radars.
“Whoever’s lucky enough to get the opportunity to coach him at the next level is going to be very successful,” Harper said. “He checks all of the boxes. He’s all upside. It’s a great feeling knowing I have him on the offensive line.”
The Oklahoman’s 2022 Super 30
Name: Davis Dotson | School: Berryhill
Ranking: No. 27 | Pos.: Offensive line
Height: 6-foot-6 | Weight: 293 pounds
Recruited by: Arkansas State, Marshall, New Mexico, Syracuse, UNLV
About the series
The Oklahoman’s Super 30 feature series will spotlight each high school football player on the Super 30 recruit rankings for the 2022 class. The series continued Saturday with No. 27, Berryhill’s Davis Dotson. See Nos. 26 and 25 on the list in Sunday’s editions of The Oklahoman.
Here are the players we’ve featured so far:
No. 30: Carson May, QB, Jones
No. 29: Lane Parks, OL, Yukon
No. 28: Junior Smith, WR/DB, Tulsa Union
No. 27: Davis Dotson, OL, Berryhill
Cameron Jourdan covers high school sports across the Oklahoma City metro and state. Have a story idea for Cameron? He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @Cam_Jourdan. Support Cameron’s work and that of other Oklahoman journalists by purchasing a digital subscription today at subscribe.oklahoman.com or by using the link at the top of this page.