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Cass Tech coach talks Dawson's decision

10/14/2012
Cass Tech's Deon Drake, David Dawson, Jourdan Lewis and Damon Webb at the BBQ at the Big House. Courtesy of Damon Webb Sr.

Detroit Cass Tech has long been a Michigan football pipeline.

From senior defensive lineman Will Campbell to freshman linebacker Royce Jenkins-Stone to a good portion of the Wolverines secondary (junior Thomas Gordon, sophomore Delonte Hollowell and freshman Terry Richardson), Technicians dot the Wolverines roster.

But with 2013 offensive guard David Dawson parting ways with Michigan early on Sunday, one bond was dropped between the programs.

According to Cass Tech coach Thomas Wilcher, it is what needed to happen for both Dawson and the school to which he had been committed.

"He's OK about it, and he understands their feelings," Wilcher said. "That's it."

Wilcher, a former Michigan running back, understands the Wolverines' rule about no visits after committing, and he fully supports that policy. He tells his players that no matter where they commit they need to understand what a verbal commitment really means.

"When you commit you have to be firm," Wilcher said. "You can't commit to a school and not understand that when all these other schools come around, you can't talk, you can't visit. It's over."

But Dawson has chosen to reopen his recruitment and will visit Florida later this month. He's also hoping to visit Alabama and LSU.

Dawson was one of two 2013 Michigan commits at Cass Tech High School. Wilcher said he believes Dawson's decommitment will have no impact on the Wolverines' other 2013 commit, Jourdan Lewis, the 13th best cornerback in the country.

And 2014 defensive back Damon Webb, a top prospect who holds an offer from the Wolverines, said on Sunday via text message to ESPN.com that Dawson’s change of heart wouldn't affect his recruitment.

"It will not [change anything for me]," Webb said. "I'm going to take my time with my recruitment."