Devon Dotson is a priority target for Clemson, and he knows it.
Clemson head coach Brad Brownell proved it when he visited Dotson at his school just days after the Charlotte (N.C.) Providence Day four-star point guard visited Clemson for the Tigers’ game against Louisville on Oct. 1.
The Clemson Insider spoke with Dotson, who said he appreciated Brownell following up with him.
“It meant a lot, just taking time out of his day to make the drive to my school,” Dotson said. “It meant a lot, and he just talked to me and my parents and my coach and said what he needed to say.”
What was Brownell’s message to Dotson during the meeting?
“Basically just saying how bad he wants me,” Dotson said, “and explaining to him about the Clemson family and how all the Clemson people take care of you there.”
Dotson is one of the top prospects in the 2018 class. The 6-foot-2, 175-pounder’s offer sheet is lined with prestigious programs, including Florida, Georgetown, Kansas, Memphis, North Carolina and Villanova among others.
Clemson was the third school to offer Dotson in July 2015, and the Tigers have recruited him heavily since.
Dotson has been on campus several times and likes what he has seen.
“I definitely like the Clemson environment, how the campus feels and the feeling I get,” Dotson said. “I like the coaches. I have pretty good relationships with the coaching staff, so it’s good.”
As for his most recent visit this month, Dotson wasn’t dissatisfied.
“I enjoyed it,” Dotson said. “It was a fun visit. The atmosphere was great and the fan base was great.”
Along with Clemson, Dotson said a handful of schools are recruiting him the hardest right now.
“Kansas, Villanova recently, Florida, Florida State, Wake Forest, N.C. State, Tennessee, schools like that,” he said.
Dotson said he doesn’t have any leaders at this time.
Dotson is rated by 247Sports as the No. 2 prospect in North Carolina, the nation’s No. 10 point guard and the nation’s No. 56 overall prospect in the 2018 class.
As a sophomore last season, Dotson averaged 16.6. points, 4.6 assists, 3.6. rebounds and 1.8 steals per game.
As a freshman in 2014, he averaged 15.2 points, 2.9 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 3 steals.