|Dawson details his recruitment|
|Written by Matt Pargoff|
Originally selecting Michigan in mid-February, Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech offensive lineman David Dawson decided in October that he needed to reopen his recruitment in order to visit other schools. For a time it looked as though the Maize and Blue had fallen out of the mix for the 6-4, 285 pounds athlete, but that quickly changed on Thursday.
“I talked to Coach [Brady] Hoke yesterday and we had a heart-to-heart,” explained Dawson. “I told him what was the reason that I had decommitted and things like that. He re-offered me and told me ‘we really want you to be a part of this program’ and that was pretty much it. He told me he wants me to get up there on a visit.”
Dawson has set up an official visit to Michigan for December 14. Having already visited the school on many occasions, the trip will give him a chance to focus on his relationship with the coaching staff.
“I just want to talk to the coaches and that’s pretty much it,” he noted. “I mean, I know all the recruits and most of the campus – I’ve seen a lot. So I mostly just want to sit down and meet with the coaches.”
In addition to Michigan, Dawson has three other official visits sets. The top rated offensive lineman shed light on his thought process for the remainder of his recruitment.
“I have Ohio State on the 7th of December, Michigan State on January 18th and Alabama on January 11th,” he stated. “Right now I don’t really have a favorite, but I’d probably say that MSU and Michigan are in at top … They’re close to home, but Alabama is a great program, so that’s why I’m still looking at them.
“I’ll probably have a decision made around the end of January. Right now I really don’t know what would set one school apart. I’m just going to take my visits and see.”
Detroit Cass Tech recently won the Division I state championship in Michigan, defeating Detroit Catholic Central in the finals for the second year in a row. Dawson originally started out with the Technicians, but spent his junior season Houston (Texas) Cy Ridge, causing the big lineman to miss out on last year’s festivities. As a result, the recent 36-21 victory over the Shamrocks carried special meaning for the senior.“It felt great, especially because I got to do it with all my teammates that I’ve been playing with since ninth grade,” noted Dawson. “I just told Coach [Thomas] Wilcher when I came back in January that we were going to get him another one. Jayru [Campbell] promised me that we were going to get there and we got there. We executed and we got the job done, so I wouldn’t trade this year for anything.”