Monday, October 15, 2012
David Dawson, Michigan part ways
By Tom VanHaaren
David Dawson (Detroit/Cass Tech), the No. 1 offensive guard prospect in the nation, is no longer committed to Michigan.
David 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."
Florida is among the programs in which Dawson has interest, and Dawson says he will visit Gainesville on Saturday when the Gators take on South Carolina. The prospect plans on taking other visits as well.
"I'm also interested in LSU and Alabama," Dawson said. "I don't know when I'll visit there though."
With the decommitment, Michigan now has 22 total commitments in the 2013 class and loses one of its top-ranked prospects. It also likely means the Michigan coaching staff will look to fill that open spot with another top-ranked lineman.