Garland (Texas) Lakeview Centennial Top247 offensive lineman Ezra Dotson-Oyetade was awarded his jersey to play in the All-American Bowl this week. The Arizona State commit is the No. 2 ranked center in the country per the Top247.
“It was awesome,” Dotson-Oyetade said.
“Of course I’ve been playing football for a long time. It’s every athlete’s dream to be the best at the sport they play and the honor to be named an All-American and receive that jersey and open it up and know only 100 people in my class are able to do this is very special to me and I don’t take it for granted.”
The All-American Bowl has been the nation’s premier high school sporting event over the last two decades, with the likes of Ezekiel Elliott, Trevor Lawrence, Adrian Peterson and Derrick Henry having suited up. It’s played inside the Alamo Dome every January in San Antonio, Texas with NBC bringing the national broadcast. Over 20,000 fans attend annually with a more TV viewers then any other all-star game combined.
“Of course I look forward to playing against the top people in the class and having a good time and being around different people, a different environment and of course I look forward to the experience of practices as far as preparing for the game,” Dotson-Oyetade said. “Just everything, the coaching as well.”
The 6-foot-3, 285-pound Dotson-Oyetade gave Arizona State his commitment in August and is one of the jewels of a class that ranks No. 18 nationally and No. 3 in the Pac 12. He chose the Sun Devils over an offer list that included Vanderbilt, Virginia and Missouri.
“Of course the opportunity to play very early is real encouraging,” Dotson-Oyetade said. “There are a lot of things I need to work on and get done and I look forward to getting those things done. Also I love the coaching staff. They’re all great guys that care about life after football and the well being of the players. Them shaping us into great young men and getting us ready for the real world. And of course being coached by a Hall of Fame center Kevin Mawae it’s kind of a no-brainer.”
Head coach Herm Edwards and the Sun Devils are tracking for a second-straight Top25 recruiting class.
“As far as potential goes I think we have the potential to do a lot of great things,” Dotson-Oyetade said. “Of course we have a lot of great commits. That alone with the coaching staff they already have I think we have the opportunity to do a lot of great things. Of course our goal is to win the Rose Bowl and I think we have the talent to do so.”
Dotson-Oyetade ranks as the country’s No. 245 prospect regardless of position.