Wide receiver Cameron Dohse out of Clifton (Va.) Centreville recently took visits to Wake Forest and North Carolina State. What did the 6-foot-0, 180-pounder like about each school?
"They're totally different, Wake is tiny and North Carolina State is huge," he said. "I could see myself fitting in at Wake Forest better and I got along with the recruiting coach. I like his style of play and he seemed to match the way I think and my attitude towards football. The practice fields were nice at Wake. They have two Bermuda Grass fields and one artificial turf and the campus is beautiful, I liked it a lot down there. Their practice was similar to what we run in high school, I think I could fit in their well."
What did Dohse like about the Wolfpack?
"They had some unbelievable facilities that were very impressive," he said. "Their weight room was huge and state of the art. Everything they had their was nice including the players lounge and cafeteria, it reminds me a lot of Maryland."
Where did the visits put both schools among Dohse's favorites?
"Definitely I got closer to Wake Forest," he said. "I couldn't tell as much on North Carolina State, but I liked Wake because I know the coach better."
Besides Wake Forest, Dohse is also favoring Kent, Boston College and Duke.
"I like Kent because they throw the ball a ton and being a wideout that's huge for me," he said. "I remember a game last year where they had 82 snaps and they threw the ball 50 times, I just like that style of play. I met the coach because he came into my school on a visit and he's a down to earth guy and I got along with him really well, it was a really laid back conversation. He told me how they'll be graduating a lot of wideouts soon and how he liked my film."
What does the wide receiver like about Boston College and Duke?
"Boston College is in the ACC and that's the place to be right now, it's very prestigious and Pat Sheil (2005 BC commit) always says great things about them," he said. "I talked to the coaches from there and they seemed like good guys and I know they just finished up building some new facilities, I can't wait to get up there.
"Duke is also in the ACC, even though they haven't done so well the past few years, but that would increase my chance of playing, so that's huge. I won't have to wait four or five years to play. Also graduating from Duke is huge, once you get out, you'll do alright in the real world, so academics are a big plus. Being a Cameron Crazy would be fun too with their basketball team."
Dohse currently is preparing for the Nike Camp at Penn State and the Elite College Combine in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
"A lot of people question my speed, they know I can catch and run routes, so I'm working real hard in track to get faster," he said. "The combines are a chance for me to show I have the speed. I'm working with a guy who runs speed and agility training and we work on my explosiveness and on trying to cut down my 40 time."
This summer Dohse plans to attend a 7-on-7 camp at Virginia and visit a handful of colleges so that he can make a decision on where he'll be going.
"I'd like to say I'll decide by early summer if everything goes accordingly," he said. "Having that decision out of the way is ideal and I hope that's how it happens because we're hoping to have a great team this year."
Next season Dohse certainly has big goals.
"We're trying to make it deep in the playoffs," he said. "We always get there, but then have rough playoff games, we need to make it over the hump and finish the big game since we've got 10 or 11 guys returning on offense. I would also like to better my statistics more than last year, but I'm more worried about what the team is doing."
Dohse should easily qualify with a 3.7 GPA and 1,180 SAT.
The wide receiver caught 52 passes for 1,115 yards and 16 touchdowns as he was named all-district, all-region and second team all-state as a junior.