- Chantel Jennings, ESPN Staff Writer
Somewhere in the moves from Detroit to Texas and back to Detroit, offensive lineman David Dawson (Detroit/Cass Tech) was lost on the national radar for top guards.
But those days are over. On Tuesday, after the release of the ESPN150, Dawson was named as the nation's top offensive guard and the No. 92 player overall.
"I really didn't know what was going to happen with all the rankings," Dawson said. "So when I saw that, it really made me feel good."
ESPN's scouts praised Dawson’s size on the line. Dawson said that on film he was anywhere between 295 and 300 pounds, but that he has slimmed down to 285 and is feeling more fit. He projects himself to be between 285 and 295 for his senior season.
Scouts also praised his technique, which Dawson attributes to his sophomore season spent at Cypress Ridge High School in Houston.
"It improved a lot when I had a chance to play in Texas," Dawson said. "When I got to learn from those coaches, my technique improved and I'm just bringing it back and letting the Cass [Tech] coaches build on that."
Now at Cass Tech, he's looking to win a state title for himself next season, as he missed out on the run last year. But more than anything, he's hoping to learn from coach, and former Michigan player, Thomas Wilcher while preparing himself for Michigan.
"I'm just continuing to stay coachable," Dawson said. "I work out and do the drills that my coaches tell me to do."