The recruiting process jumped out of the gates at a rapid place for Meiko Dotson this offseason, a 5-foot-10, 175-pound two-star defensive back out of Daytona Beach (Fla.) Mainland High School. Dotson possesses over a dozen scholarship offers and continues to make a name for himself on the camp circuit.
"The last camp I went to was at Rutgers, but I'm going to Florida State on the 16th and Florida on the 25th," Dotson said. "The latest offer I got was Middle Tennessee State. The recruiting process has been good, but it's been a little slow. I've really just been kicking back and everything."
The Sunshine State native is fully confident in his abilities in the secondary and has the football IQ to go along with it, which is a coach's dream.
"Well, I think I can play with anybody," Dotson said. "I can outsmart anybody and I have good cover skills. I plan on breaking the record at my school for interceptions, which is 11."
The University of South Florida, a program with momentum on the recruiting trail under Willie Taggart and one of Dotson's initial scholarship offers, has been consistent since day one and remain in good standing with the rising senior.
"I talked to their coach a couple of weeks ago," Dotson said. "It's a nice place and I really like it. I think they're standing high right now."
Receiving scholarship offers from some the nation's premier programs in an unforgettable experience and a dream come true for the majority of student-athletes. But at the same time, there's the possibility of slipping down the depth chart and receiving a limited amount of repetitions as well.
"Well, if I can play, I really want to play my first year," Dotson said. "I know it's probably not possible if I decided to go certain places. Just really a family-oriented place and somewhere I feel like I'm at home (is important)."
Dotson says he knows who his top three schools are, but won't make it known to the public until the end of summer or at the start of his senior campaign.