Any time you welcome the best recruiting class in literal decades to campus, there's bound to be quite a bit of buzz about the talented freshmen. Preparations for the 2018 season have given light to a handful of young players, some expected, and some not so much. In the pleasantly-unexpected category, we find WR Jahan Dotson, who earned the title Touchdown King for the most scores during camp.
— Ricky Rahne (@RickyRahne) August 27, 2018
Obviously, there is freakish hype around LB Micah Parsons; expectations of immediate contributions from former five-stars WR Justin Shorter and RB Ricky Slade; intrigue around DL Jayson Oweh and PJ Mustipher; and...then I don't know that anyone expected Dotson to flash like this. The almost universal praise doesn't lie. Coaches and veteran players alike have taken to shining Dotson's name when asked about camp surprises.
With the new redshirt rules, James Franklin has a lot of flexibility to get Dotson some game action to see how he does. This is the sort of thing that happens when you enter elite recruiting. Dotson was the 192nd-ranked player in the entire country, and would likely be expected to make an immediate impact at most schools. When you have seven top-150 players in the class, even some significant talent can be a bit overlooked. Personally, I welcome the change, and am excited to see what the new No. 5 can do on Saturdays.