Vaughn Dotsy, the 6-foot-4, 360-pound three-star offensive guard from St. Bonaventure High School in Ventura, Calif., has scheduled official visits to Arizona on Jan. 18 and Colorado on Jan. 25.
Dotsy, Scout.com's No. 53 offensive guard, says he now favors UCLA solidly over USC, Arizona, Colorado and LSU, but the two Los Angeles schools haven't offered. "I like all the schools, but I'm the most comfortable with UCLA and USC," Dotsy said. "If UCLA offered me I'd really think about committing."
He hopes now that UCLA has hired head coach Rick Neuheisel, they'll start showing him more interest again. "I haven't talked with coach Neuheisel yet, but I've heard good things about him and what a great coach he is. I've been in touch with them a bit during the past few weeks, but it's been a crazy time for them I'm sure."
He isn't hearing too much from USC either. "I think they are still looking at me a little," he said. "They said they plan on signing like five or six offensive linemen and I think they have four already. I know that they are waiting on some other guy to see what he does, so I think I still have a shot for a scholarship."
The school that is recruiting Dotsy the hardest is Arizona. "They tell me how well I'd fit in and how much they love my size," he said. "They have a new offensive line coach (Bill Bedenbaugh) and it'll be interesting to see what new things he brings to the program. It's always nice coming in with new coaches."
While Dotsy still lists LSU in his top five, it's doubtful he'll visit the Tigers. "I might still take a trip there, but I'm kind of running out of time. I'd like to take my visits and decide, but I'm not going to rush it. It'll happen when the time is right."
Most likely his final official visit will be to Colorado on Jan. 25. "I really like the coaches there, especially head coach Dan Hawkins," he said. "I think he's really turned the program around. It's an up-and-coming team and I can only see them getting better. It seems like they finally have a little stability and a great future."
He reports a 3.5 core GPA and a 1580 SAT