Meiko Dotson and Daytona Beach (Fla.) Mainland High School are accountable for a 19-year steak of consecutive state playoff appearances heading into the 2014 season. But to get off on the right foot with their streak on the line, the Buccaneers will have their work cut out for them with an early season matchup with a stout program residing in Seminole County.
"We have Lake Mary (Fla.) High School week one," Dotson said. "They have a couple of athletes and some big-time players and stuff. I really just want to go out as a team and do what our coaches have been telling us. If we just do our assignments, I feel like we should have a good game. It's basically on us."
The 5-foot-10, 175-pound cornerback, who plays with passion and his heart on his sleeve each time he laces up his cleats, has used this offseason to maximize his leadership qualities on the gridiron.
"I think I'm more of a leader now," Dotson said. "I think I'm in way better shape than I was last year. Just my confidence and how I come out prepared for everyone as well."
The two-star defender has been equipped with a number of scholarship offers for quite sometime, but hasn't wrapped his mind around official visit destinations over the next few months.
"I'll be going to games, but I don't know which ones yet because I haven't decided," Dotson said. "(I'll) probably (visit) Wisconsin, Indiana and most likely USF."
For now, Dotson isn't ready to pull the trigger and anoint any leaders in his recruitment, but says a trio of out-of-state programs have made him feel like a priority as of late.
"The schools who have probably shown the most interest are Georgia Southern, Western Michigan and Wisconsin."
The cornerback says he plans on making his decision "a couple of games" into his senior campaign.
Meiko Dotson of Daytona Beach (Fla.) Mainland hopes to make his collegiate decision midway through his senior season, and has a trio of schools on his mind as possible visit destinations.
Meiko Dotson of Daytona Beach (Fla.) Mainland will make his decision during his senior season.