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Monday, January 14, 2013
Michigan flips another B1G commit

By Tom VanHaaren

The Wolverines were successful in flipping former Nebraska offensive line commit Dan Samuelson (Plymouth, Ind./Plymouth) on Saturday. Samuelson committed while visiting Ann Arbor, and now Michigan has once again flipped another Big Ten commitment.

Defensive back Reon Dawson (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood-Madison) committed to the Wolverines on Monday, switching his commitment from Illinois. Dawson also visited Ann Arbor over the weekend and had originally set a decision date for Wednesday, but felt as though he knew Michigan was the right fit.

"I went up there and just felt it was the right place for me," he said. "I saw what they had to offer and both schools (Illinois and Michigan) are good, but Michigan was the better choice for me."

Dawson tried to call the Illinois coaches on Monday night, but was unable to connect with them to let the coaching staff know of his decision. He will reach out again on Tuesday to make sure he notifies them that he has in fact decommitted.

The three-star prospect came on strong late in his career and gained interest from the Michigan coaching staff to add more depth at defensive back.

"I talked to the defensive back coach and they said I would mainly play corner," he said. "That's where I'll most likely play."

Dawson is from the touted program of Trotwood-Madison, where Michigan has had success in the past. The Wolverines also hold a commitment from Dawson's 2013 teammate, linebacker Mike McCray II. Oddly enough, Dawson also has another teammate, defensive lineman Jarrod Clements, committed to Illinois. The two had been recruiting Dawson to their respective schools, but McCray ultimately won out.

"I told Chunky [Clements] and Mike that I wanted to go to college with someone from my school," he said. "So I'm excited, I'm going to Michigan now."