- Greg Ostendorf, ESPN Staff Writer
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama is still in hot pursuit of the nation’s No. 1 offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil, but that hasn’t stopped the Crimson Tide from recruiting other offensive lineman, namely ESPN 150 guard David Dawson.
On Tuesday, UA assistant coach Bobby Williams made the trip up to Michigan for an in-home visit with the Cass Tech star.
“It went well,” Dawson said. “He got a chance to see my mom again. They talked about academics and how she feels about me being away from home. I talked to him about the same things, but he really got into how things are run down at the University of Alabama.
“We looked at the depth chart, things like that. It was just nice meeting with him. He’s a real cool coach. I’ve been talking to him since the summer of my sophomore year, so there’s really a good relationship right there.”
Dawson hasn’t been shy about changing around his top group of schools, but as of now he says Alabama, Michigan and Ohio State have the advantage.
The Michigan native will take his official visit to Ohio State this weekend. He plans to visit Michigan the following weekend, and he will take his official to Alabama the weekend of Jan. 11. Michigan State is expected to receive his fifth and final official visit.
Dawson took an official to Florida during the season, but the Gators are no longer in the picture because of the distance from home. Therefore, the Crimson Tide are the only SEC program still in the running.
“I’d say that they’re up there just because it is the University of Alabama,” Dawson said. “They put a lot of people in the NFL. They win. They have a lot of good coaches down there, especially my position coach, coach Jeff Stoutland. He gets the offensive line right down there, and I just love how they play football.”
Alabama’s physical style of play was on full display over the weekend. In a 32-28 win over Georgia in the SEC championship, the Tide rushed for 350 yards. Running backs Eddie Lacy and T.J. Yeldon each had over 150 yards on the ground.
Dawson not only watched the game. He taped it and watched it again the next day.
“I really liked the performance of the offensive line,” he said. “They play a physical style of football. They’ve got two big backs, who don’t get tackled by the first guy. I like that.”
Dawson will play in the Under Armour All-America Game in January.
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