Austin Dotson, Offensive Tackle, 6-6, 310, Fr-HS, Belfry, Ky. (Belfry) – A three-star prospect by ESPN and 247Sports … Ranks as the No. 2 offensive tackle in the Commonwealth by ESPN … A three-year starter for Coach Phillip Haywood, who said, “He’s a very physical blocker. He’s one of these guys who would really get after you and stay after you until the whistle blows. And if we score a touchdown, he’d be the first one down there in the end zone patting the guy on the back or tossing him in the air. He just loves playing on the line” … Named to The Courier-Journal’s 2016 All-State Football Team as a first-team selection after being a second-team member as a junior … Also named to the AP All-State First Team … Played right tackle on a massive offensive line that helped the Pirates average 347.1 rushing yards and 44.1 points per game … Helped Belfry win its sixth overall, including fourth straight Class 3-A State championship with a 52-31 win over Central in 2016 … Member of the Kentucky squad in the Best of the Bluegrass All-Star Game … Chose Kentucky over Charlotte, Eastern Kentucky, Florida Atlantic and Marshall.
Coach Stoops says: “Austin has great size and comes from a program that won four straight state championships. He plays with the aggressiveness you need at that position.”