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2021 NFL Draft Prospect: Elijah Dotson, RB, Sacramento State University

Elijah Dotson Sacramento State
Sacramento State University running back Elijah Dotson is a quick back that exploded on the scene in 2019 as an all around weapon.

Elijah Dotson is a weapon for Sacramento State University. As a senior at Antelope High School in Sacramento, California, Dotson was named a first team all-NorCal player and was MVP of the CVC Conference.

The single season rushing record for Antelope High School is owned by number 33 of the Hornets.

In 2017, as a true freshman, Elijah Dotson racked up 1,017 all purpose yards. He rushed for 475, ran for 403 kickoff return yards and even had 139 yards receiving. He showed off his versatility.

Two years ago in 2018, Elijah was named to the first team All-Big Sky Conference after becoming the first Hornet running back to hold that honor since 2000. He finished with 1,154 yards on the ground, averaging 115.4 yards per game. He scored 9 rushing touchdowns and finished the season with 1,314 all purpose yards.

Last year, the scat back plastered his name in the stat books. He recorded 1,445 all purpose yards, and added another 11 touchdowns. He started to look like Thurman Thomas out of the backfield last season. He caught 70 receptions for 702 yards and also ran the ball 151 times for 742 yards rushing. He finished with 11 TD’s. This kid is special.

NFL Draft Diamonds Scouting Notes:

NFL teams want a running back that can punish a defender like Zach Moss and they want a player who can catch and who is elusive like Devin Singletary. Elijah Dotson is a bigger and faster Devin Singletary. He can make you miss, and he has the burst to get away from you. He is a 6000 back who can catch 70 balls out the backfield. That is a weapon alone, but add in the fact that he is super versatile and can play Special Teams and you have a future star. – Damond Talbot, NFL Draft Diamonds Owner

NFL Draft Diamonds was created to assist the underdogs playing the sport. We call them diamonds in the rough. My name is Damond Talbot, I have worked extremely hard to help hundreds of small school players over the past several years, and will continue my mission. We have several contributors on this site, and if they contribute their name and contact will be in the piece above. You can email me at

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