Vaughn Dotsy, the 6-foot-4, 360-pound three-star offensive guard from St. Bonaventure High School in Ventura, Calif., is gearing up to play in the Div. III state championship game on Saturday, Dec. 15. St. Bonaventure plays Central Catholic High School from Modesto, Calif., and is currently 13-1.
"I'm still pretty open," Dotsy said. "I haven't been able to take any official visits because our games are on Saturday and we're still playing."
Although he doesn't have the exact dates set yet, Dotsy says he plans to visit Arizona and LSU officially in January. He says the Wildcats are recruiting him the hardest. "The Arizona coaches have been by my house already and (defensive ends) coach Joe Robinson has been at my school a lot," he said. "They said that they really like my big body and that they are really looking on getting big linemen this year.
"I like Arizona because it's a nice comfortable town and not a big metropolitan area," he said. "Also, they are a young team and will only be getting better."
Dotsy, ranked as the No. 21 offensive guard in the country by Scout.com, likes Arizona, UCLA, Colorado and LSU and all but the Bruins have offered.
"It's hard to say who stands out right now," Dotsy admitted. "But if UCLA offered me they'd be No. 1. I'm really comfortable there and I like the area a lot. Of course, I can't control whether or not they'll offer me so we'll see.
"Coach Karl Dorrell was really the main one that was recruiting me," Dotsy said of the former UCLA head coach. "But since then I haven't really heard from any of them. It's a really tough situation for them. I think that coach Dorrell is a great guy and a good coach, but I guess he just wasn't a good fit for them.
"I've heard that UCLA is looking at Norm Chow, who is an offensive genius," he said. "I guess they also looked at the Boise State head coach (Chris Petersen), but that's not going to happen."
Dotsy also says he's still looking at USC and California, but neither the Trojans nor the Bears have offered. "I'm still talking to them a little," he said. "Coaches from both programs were at my game last week and I think they'll be at the game this week too."
While Dotsy is definitely interested in the in-state schools, he says that distance won't be a factor and is looking forward to his official visit to LSU. "They are a great program and coach Les Miles is a great coach," he said. "He's gonna be staying there and not going to Michigan, so they seem to at least be a stable program."
Coaching instability is a recurring theme in Dotsy's recruiting, as Nebraska, a team that had offered him, hasn't contacted him since the coaching change. "I'm still considering them though," he said. "I haven't heard from any of the coaches in a long time though. I know they are going through a lot right now, but if the new coaches contact me I'll definitely still consider them."
Colorado is another school that Dotsy also plans on visiting. "They are a lot like Arizona," he said. "They are a team on the rise. I see them getting better and they have a good young quarterback who I think will do great. I think it would be a good opportunity to go in and play early there."
He reports a 3.5 core GPA and a 1580 SAT