- Damon Sayles, RecruitingNation
The recruiting process is still relatively new for 2014 athlete Chase Dawkins (Prosper, Texas/Prosper), but it got off to a good start with a weekend trip to Tulsa.
Dawkins, a 6-foot, 175-pound athlete, visited the Tulsa campus Saturday and took in the Golden Hurricane’s 28-24 victory against Rice. The visit was Dawkins’ first, but it set a high bar for visits to come.
“On a scale of 1 to 10, I’d give it a 9,” he said, “This is my first one, but I liked it a lot. I believe it’s one of the smallest D-1 schools in the nation, but they have some pretty loud fans. I really enjoyed myself. I had lot of fun.
“They have some pretty nice facilities there, and after [Saturday] they’re 7-1. They are pretty high on my list.”
Dawkins was one of the 22,567 in attendance for Tulsa’s homecoming game, and he said the atmosphere was electric, as the Golden Hurricane won their seventh consecutive game. Along with the football, Dawkins said he is considering Tulsa’s academics, as he is interested in engineering and business.
“I know they have a good petroleum engineering program,” Dawkins said. “I know if I go there, I’ll get a good education, and that’s what I’m looking for.”
Dawkins has been a solid utility player for a Prosper team that is 6-1 on the season. He lines up at safety on defense and sees time at both slot receiver and quarterback on offense. He showed his quarterbacking skills in the summer while playing for Team USA’s Under-17 team.
He is the backup quarterback to Texas Tech commit and Elite 11 participant Davis Webb, but he’s expected to be the starter next year. Dawkins has completed 19 of 27 passes for 257 yards and three touchdowns, and he’s also rushed 23 times for 161 yards.
He has also attracted interest from Boston College, Massachusetts, Arizona, Maryland, Rice and Utah.
“I’m looking to hit a few out-of-state camps and go to Tulsa and Rice in the summer,” he said.
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