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Dawson says he'll camp at Florida

7/6/2012
Will he or won't he? David Dawson said at The Opening he will camp at Florida on July 27. Tom Hauck/ESPNHS

BEAVERTON, Ore. -- David Dawson, the No. 1-rated guard nationally and a Michigan commitment since February, looks set this month to test coach Brady Hoke’s no-visit policy.

Dawson, of Detroit’s Cass Tech High School, said he plans to attend a camp at Florida on July 27.

Hoke, the second-year U=M coach, instituted a policy last year under which a player who visits another campus after committing to the Wolverines is no longer part of the Michigan class.

Last year, tight end Pharaoh Brown visited Oregon after pledging to Michigan. Brown switched his commitment to the Ducks.

So here’s the question: Is Dawson breaking Hoke’s rule?

“No,” he said Friday at The Opening. “It’s a camp. All the great players in SEC country, that’s what I want to see.”

Dawson sits 89th in the ESPN 150, the third highest-rated recruit in Michigan’s top-ranked class.

Dawson was among six of the 22 committed to Michigan who announced their decisions on Feb. 18.

“I was swept up by the emotion,” Dawson said, “but it’s a great coaching staff up there.”

We’ll likely soon see how Hoke and the U-M staff view Dawson’s camp experience in Gainesville. Fellow Michigan commit and guard Kyle Bosch (Wheaton, Ill./St. Francis School) said he’s not concerned.

“He’s been talking about decommitting,” Bosch said. “If he does, we’ll move on. One guy doesn’t make a class.”

Michigan has three other O-line commits in the class besides Dawson and Bosch. All five are in the ESPN 150.