Alabama Crimson Tide: David Dawson

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Black Team offense

Quarterback: Christian Hackenberg (Penn State)

Running back: Alvin Kamara

Receiver: Alvin Bailey (Florida), Robert Foster (Alabama), Damore'ea Stringfellow (Washington)

Tight end: O.J. Howard (Alabama)

Offensive tackle: Darius James (Texas), Denver Kirkland

Offensive guard: Grant Hill (Alabama), Joas Aguilar (Texas A&M)

Center: Hunter Bivin (Notre Dame)

Captains: Kelvin Taylor, Hunter Bivin, Robert Nkemdiche, Ben Boulware

Black Team defense

Defensive end: Robert Nkemdiche, Elijah Daniel

Defensive tackle: Greg Gilgmore (LSU), Kennedy Tulimasealii (Hawaii)

Inside linebacker: Ben Boulware (Clemson)

Outside linebacker: Alex Anzalone (Notre Dame), Matthew Thomas

Safety: Keanu Neal (Florida), Leon McQuay III

Cornerback: Vernon Hargreaves III (Florida), Tarean Folston (Notre Dame)

Black Team special teams

Long snapper: Tyler Kluver (Iowa)

Kicker/punter: Sean Covington (UCLA)

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Tide on top

It’s been a crazy week for ESPN 300 wide receiver Eldridge Massington. After finding out he could no longer enroll early at USC, he reopened his recruitment, and now he already has a new school at the top of his list. On Wednesday, Massington told TideNation that Alabama is his No. 1 choice as of right now. The Crimson Tide was right behind USC when he committed in May. He said he’s also going to also consider Arizona State, Notre Dame, Tennessee and UCLA, but this weekend, the Texas native plans to take his official visit to Tuscaloosa. If all goes well, the Tide could be in good position as long as they have room in the class to take him.

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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.

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Tom Hauck for ESPN.comDavid Dawson is ranked the No. 1 guard in the nation in the ESPN 150.
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.

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Michigan re-offers David Dawson 

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Michigan had parted ways with offensive line commit David Dawson (Detroit/Cass Tech) a short time ago for planning a visit to Florida. The two parties spoke tonight, however, and Michigan is once again recruiting the No. 1 guard in the country.

"I spoke to Coach [Brady] Hoke tonight and he said they are re-offering me," Dawson said. "We had a heart to heart, and I don't want to put everything out there but I was dealing with some things and I might have jumped the gun a little bit.

"We talked about everything and he said that if I want to be there they have a place for me."

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#BlueChipBattles: Nov. 9

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Max Redfield, Leon McQuayTom Hauck for ESPN.comMax Redfield is out at USC -- is Leon McQuay in?
Think USC was left reeling after Max Redfield (left) decommitted this week? Not really. The Trojans appear to be zeroing in on Leon McQuay III (right). And then there's the nation’s No. 1 recruit, Robert Nkemdiche, who decommitted Thursday. It's an open market in this week’s #BlueChipBattles Insider.

You can also rank the battles this week in SportsNation.

#BlueChipBattles: Nov. 2

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RecruitingNation has summoned its writers from around the country to compile a list of the top 10 battles for elite football recruits Insider leading up to February's signing day. We'll update our rankings periodically to reflect a change in a player's status (i.e., new offers, trimmed-down list or a positive/negative official visit).

Our writers have debated the list for weeks, but we value your input as well. Voice your opinion on Twitter (@RecruitingESPN) using#BlueChipBattles or vote for which player should hold the No. 1 spot on Facebook.

The No. 1 offensive guard in the nation has put out a new top three and it has a Big Ten feel as Michigan State, Ohio State and Wisconsin -- in no particular order -- will now be in a dogfight for the services of David Dawson (Detroit/Cass Tech).

The 6-foot-4, 282-pound senior -- ranked 87th overall in the ESPN 150 -- was thought to be a heavy lean toward Florida after taking an official visit on Oct. 19.

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#BlueChip Battles: Oct. 26

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Pitt doesn't want WR Robert Foster to leave the Keystone State and USC hopes to keep CB Max Redfield in Cali. The local programs' bid to keep those two stars in-state highlights this week's #BlueChipBattles Insider.

#BlueChipBattles is the Twitter hashtag to use if you want to voice your opinion on our list or to view other fans' reactions as the commitments begin to roll in. Get recruiting updates on the players above as well as the nation's other top football prospects here: @RecruitingESPN.
Offensive lineman David Dawson (Detroit/Cass Tech) had been committed to Michigan since February, but recently parted ways with the Wolverines. Dawson promptly set up a visit to Florida for the South Carolina game, since the Gators and Dawson had been in communication for quite some time.

The visit went well for Dawson as he got to take in the game atmosphere, check out Florida's communication department and the athletic facilities. The visit didn't yield the results Florida fans were hoping for, though, as there were rumors Dawson would be committing on the visit.

"I rushed myself into a bad situation at Michigan earlier this year by not weighing my options, so I didn't want to make the same mistake," he said. "I want to look at a few other schools close to home, and that might play a factor in the long run. That's mainly because of all the things my family has been through in the last year, so I feel that maybe I should try to stay close to my support system."

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#BlueChipBattles: Week 3

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David Dawson decommited from Michigan and Justin Manning delayed his decision date, and that had a big-time ripple effect in this week's #BlueChipBattles Insider, as more than half of the top 10 spots have new occupants.

Where David Dawson might end up 

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When David Dawson (Detroit/Cass Tech) gave his decommitment to Michigan over the weekend, schools waited for an update on his recruiting plans and the offensive guard gave one in quick fashion.

He now has a top four of Alabama, Florida, LSU and Ohio State. With that in mind, BuckeyeNation looked at the four universities and has come up with the order it thinks the 6-foot-4, 282-pound Dawson might lean toward.

The ESPN 150 senior -- he’s ranked 87th overall -- has said he’s planning on taking official visits and will let the process play out before making a final choice.

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David Dawson, Michigan part ways 

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David Dawson (Detroit/Cass Tech), the No. 1 offensive guard prospect in the nation, is no longer committed to Michigan.

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Tom VanHaaren for ESPN.comDavid Dawson's new list includes Alabama, Florida and LSU.
For quite some time Dawson had been flirting with the idea of entertaining other programs despite his commitment to the Wolverines. Brady Hoke and his staff have stood firm on their policy of no longer recruiting prospects who commit to them and then decided to take more visits.

"I wasn't 100 percent sure, and I didn't want to go any longer hurting myself or the University of Michigan," he said. "I talked to my mom and coaches and they gave me the OK to do what I felt was best. I thank Coach [Brady] Hoke for giving me the opportunity, but it was something I had to do."

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Dawson talks Tide offer 

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It’s been more than a decade since Alabama’s Nick Saban coached at Michigan State, but he’s maintained a recruiting pipeline to the state of Michigan that he’s been able to utilize since his arrival at UA.

The most notable recruit Saban nabbed from the area was former Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram. Last year, he recruited Cass Tech High School teammates Royce Jenkins-Stone and Terry Richardson, who both ended up at Michigan.

In 2013, Alabama is again looking at a Cass Tech prospect, David Dawson. The 6-foot-4, 291-pound offensive lineman received an offer over the phone from Crimson Tide assistant coach Bobby Williams on Tuesday.

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David Dawson moved from Houston to Detroit recently, and he is bringing some schools from the south with him to the Midwest.

The Detroit Cass Tech offensive guard picked up an offer from Alabama on Tuesday, he confirmed in a text message to ESPN.com.

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