Monday, December 31, 2012
Dawson settles into U-M commitment
By Kipp Adams
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- ESPN 150 offensive lineman David Dawson (Detroit/Cass Tech) was committed to Michigan for several months before an October trip to the University of Florida violated Wolverines coach Brady Hoke's no-visit policy, causing the prospect and Michigan to part ways. The Wolverines then re-offered the No. 1 offensive guard in the nation a month ago.
“I was going to abide by their rules and I did not want to disrespect Coach [Brady] Hoke, but I had some family issues at the time with my father passing away, so I felt like football was a chance to get away,” Dawson said. “So I felt I had five free visits, so why not take them?”
After his official visit to Florida, Dawson sent out a message.
“I sent out a group text to all of the commits before my visit to ask them if they would be OK if I came back,” he said. “They all said they would love to have me back, so that was a big thing for me.”
Then Dawson called Hoke.
“I took one visit and I saw it was not for me, so I called Coach Hoke and told him Michigan was where I wanted to be,” Dawson said. “I did not want to be disrespectful to Coach Hoke, I just wanted to get away for a bit and I was able to do that.”
Dawson -- who'll be featured in the Under Armour All-America Game at 5 p.m. ET Friday live on ESPN from Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. -- is excited about the talent coming with him to Ann Arbor.
“All of the Michigan commitments are good character guys that I have a special bond with,” he said. “I am really tight with Shane [Morris], Taco [Charlton], Logan [Tuley-Tillman] and a couple other guys. We are going to do a lot of winning at Michigan.”
Dawson said today he will no longer take scheduled visits to Michigan and Ohio State.
“No more phone calls, direct messages on Twitter or coaches coming up to my school,” Dawson said. “I told the other coaches I am completely done with recruiting. It feels good to be a Michigan Wolverine once again.”