Sunday, January 27, 2013
West Coast QB impressed by Bama visit
By Greg Ostendorf
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- It was primarily prospects from the Southeast who attended Alabama’s junior day on Saturday, but one ESPN Watch List quarterback made the trip all the way from California to get a closer look at the Crimson Tide’s program.
Brandon Dawkins from Westlake Village, Calif., made the trip and was impressed.
“It went really good,” Dawkins said. “I got to finally meet Coach [Nick] Saban because he wasn’t there the last time I went over the summer. It was just a quick introduction. He said they were looking at me and that I had a great year, stuff like that.
“They have the new weight room they’re putting in -- it’s supposed to be the biggest weight room in college football. They deserve it, winning three of the last four years in the BCS Championship Game. They deserve all that stuff. They have a great program."
Dawkins added: “Who doesn’t know about Alabama football? It’s obviously a great program, and I’d love to be able to go there and play.”
The only hold up for Dawkins -- he doesn’t have a scholarship offer yet. However, that could change. The UA coaching staff tends to wait until the summer camp before they extend offers to quarterbacks. It’s no different with Dawkins.
Still, offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier is very high on the West Coast signal caller.
“The main thing was that when I talked to Coach Nussmeier, he told me that I’m very high on their radar,” Dawkins said. “He said he’s been liking the way I’ve been progressing from my sophomore to my junior year.
“He said that he loves my height, accuracy and arm strength, all the tangible stuff. He said he’s really excited for me as a football player. He said I just need to come to a camp so I can throw in front of Saban and show him what I can do. If I can make it out to one of those summer camps, hopefully an offer will be coming in.”
Dawkins already has offers from Notre Dame and Utah, and he believes another SEC West program could be close to pulling the trigger.
“I think LSU is getting pretty close to offering me,” he said. “I have been talking to the coaches over there for the past couple of weeks. They want to set something up with me and my family and discuss me being part of their program.”
Dawkins has no other visits set up at this time, but he wants to return to Tuscaloosa this summer for camp. His father grew up in the state of Alabama, near Troy.