Jahan Waltè Dotson was born on March 22, 2000, he is an American football wide receiver for the Washington Commanders of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Penn State and was drafted by the Commanders in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft.
He attended Nazareth Area High School in Nazareth, Pennsylvania in the Lehigh Valley region of eastern Pennsylvania. He left for Peddie School in Hightstown, New Jersey for his junior year but then returned to Nazareth High School for his senior year in 2017. He set school records at Nazareth for most receptions (187), most receiving yards (2,755), and most touchdowns (40).
Dotson originally committed to play college football at UCLA but later rescinded his UCLA commitment to play for Penn State.
Dotson appeared in eight games for the Penn State Nittany Lions as a freshman in 2018 and made four starts, recording 13 receptions for 203 yards. As a sophomore in 2019, he started all 13 games and had 27 receptions for 488 yards and five touchdowns.
In 2021, Dotson recorded 11 receptions for 242 yards and 3 touchdowns in Penn State’s win over Maryland, breaking Deon Butler’s school record for receiving yards in a game. In December 2021, announced his intention to enter the 2022 NFL Draft following the season. He graduated from Penn State with a degree in telecommunications in May 2022.
Dotson was selected by the Washington Commanders in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft with the 16th overall selection. The team originally had the 11th selection before trading down and picking up third and fourth-round picks later in the draft. Dotson signed his four-year rookie contract, worth $15 million, on May 18, 2022.
Jahan Dotson signed a 4 year, $15,048,358 contract with the Washington Commanders, including a $8,124,260 signing bonus, $15,048,358 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $3,762,090.