- Tom VanHaaren, ESPN Staff Writer
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."
Despite the distance from home, Dawson says the Gators do still have a shot. He has Florida in his top group with LSU, Alabama, Ohio State and Michigan State, and has a few visits in mind for a few of his options.
"I enjoyed the [Florida] trip, but I wouldn't count out Michigan State and Ohio State. Michigan State could pull ahead when I visit," he said. "I'm going to Michigan State for the Nebraska game (Nov. 3), Ohio State for the Michigan game (Nov. 24) and Alabama in December, I believe."
Whether or not he makes a return trip to Florida all depends on timing and finances for Dawson.
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