NCF On The Trail: David Dawson

BuckeyeNation continues to hit the road in search of budding Division I talent who should catch the eyes of Ohio State fans. Here’s what we came up with this week:

This week’s targets: BuckeyeNation as well as RecruitingNation headed to Columbus, Ohio, for the Elite 11 and Nike Football Training Camp. Seven Buckeyes commitments -- the only pledges missing were Marcelys Jones (Cleveland/Glenville) and Sam Hubbard (Cincinnati/Moeller) -- made their way to the Ohio State campus and didn’t disappoint as Kyle Berger (Cleveland/St. Ignatius), Kyle Trout (Lancaster, Ohio/Lancaster), Damon Webb (Detroit/Cass Tech), Dylan Thompson (Lombard, Ill./Montini Catholic) and teammates Dante Booker and Parris Campbell Jr. of Akron (Ohio) St. Vincent-St. Mary each earned trips to The Opening.

Detroit rock city: Assistant coach Kerry Coombs spent a good portion of the evaluation period in Detroit, and for good reason. He went after two-time Michigan commit David Dawson from Cass Tech High School last season, but missed. Coombs and the Buckeyes didn’t this time around as Webb committed back in January. Malik McDowell of Detroit Loyola is also on the Ohio State radar. Before he said yes to Michigan, Lawrence Marshall was an Ohio State pledge, even if it was only for three days. Marshall lives in Southfield, Mich. a suburb 19 minutes away from Detroit.

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- North Carolina State picked up its 18th commit in the 2013 class Wednesday.


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Signing day primer: Michigan 

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Commitments: 26
ESPN 150 commitments: 9


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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan doubled its 2015 offers in stopping at just one school, going from two to four offers in the matter of a few hours. And both offers show where the Wolverines want to improve greatly over the ensuing seasons -- in the trenches and run game.


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ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The Wolverines are out on the recruiting trail, closing out their 2013 class and looking forward to future classes. Naturally, the next class to consider is the 2014 class, which has two commitments (linebacker Michael Ferns and offensive lineman Denzel Ward) and several offered prospects.

But with a recent surprising miss at Detroit Cass Tech with Damon Webb committing to Ohio State, the Wolverines aren’t going to skip a beat with any player, regardless of class.


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Hackenberg, Olsen earn UA Game starts

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Black Team offense

Quarterback: Christian Hackenberg (Penn State)

Running back: Alvin Kamara

Receiver: Alvin Bailey (Florida), Robert Foster (Alabama), Damore'ea Stringfellow (Washington)

Tight end: O.J. Howard (Alabama)

Offensive tackle: Darius James (Texas), Denver Kirkland

Offensive guard: Grant Hill (Alabama), Joas Aguilar (Texas A&M)

Center: Hunter Bivin (Notre Dame)

Captains: Kelvin Taylor, Hunter Bivin, Robert Nkemdiche, Ben Boulware

Black Team defense

Defensive end: Robert Nkemdiche, Elijah Daniel

Defensive tackle: Greg Gilgmore (LSU), Kennedy Tulimasealii (Hawaii)

Inside linebacker: Ben Boulware (Clemson)

Outside linebacker: Alex Anzalone (Notre Dame), Matthew Thomas

Safety: Keanu Neal (Florida), Leon McQuay III

Cornerback: Vernon Hargreaves III (Florida), Tarean Folston (Notre Dame)

Black Team special teams

Long snapper: Tyler Kluver (Iowa)

Kicker/punter: Sean Covington (UCLA)

White Team offense

Quarterback: Kevin Olsen (Miami)

Running back: Keith Ford (Oklahoma)

Receiver: Laquon Treadwell, Ryan Green (Florida State), Jalin Marshall (Ohio State)

Tight end: Hunter Henry (Arkansas)

Offensive tackle: Derwin Gray (Maryland), Dorian Johnson (Pittsburgh)

Offensive guard: Patrick Kugler (Michigan), David Dawson (Michigan)

Center: Scott Quessenberry (UCLA)

White Team defense

Defensive end: Carl Lawson (Auburn), Joey Bosa (Ohio State)

Defensive tackle: Henry Poggi (Michigan), Kelsey Griffin (South Carolina)

Inside linebacker: Reuben Foster, Yannick Ngakoue

Outside linebacker: Trey Johnson

Safety: Max Redfield, Antonio Conner

Cornerback: Gareon Conley (Ohio State), Shaq Wiggins (Georgia)

White Team special teams

Long snapper: Brendan Turelli

Kicker: Ryan Santoso (Minnesota)

Punter: Shane Tripucka

Captains: Ryan Green, Hunter Henry, Patrick Kugler, Reuben Foster

Dawson settles into U-M commitment 

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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.


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Weekly Commitment Roundup 

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Demarcus Robinson WR Fort Valley, Ga./Peach County
HT: 6-2 WT: 200
Position Rank: #14 WR

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Ohio State 2013: Needs versus wants 

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It’s the dead period in college football recruiting, which means coaches can still call players once a week, but they can not make on- or off-campus contact with non mid-year enrollees.

With that said, the Buckeyes can probably take four or five more players in the Class of 2013 depending on medical hardships, players transferring or leaving early for the NFL draft.

Here’s a position by position look at what the Buckeyes want vs. what they need.

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Weekend Rewind: Michigan 

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Michigan added two needed pieces to its 2013 class with Detroit Cass Tech teammates David Dawson and defensive back Delano Hill. Dawson is the No. 1-ranked guard in the country and recommitted to Michigan while on his official visit.

The additions of the two prospects give the Wolverines five committed prospects along the offensive line and five defensive back commitments as well. Depth is limited for both positions, so it's no surprise that the coaching staff made those groups an emphasis.

Hill and Dawson weren't the only two impressed with Michigan on the big visit weekend, though. Wisconsin commit Marcus Ball (Westerville, Ohio/Westerville South) came away impressed with the Wolverines, as did the Michigan commits on the visit with him. Ball said he now has a lot to think about with his commitment but wants to wait to see who Wisconsin hires before making any decisions.

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Weekend Rewind: Midwest 

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This past weekend was the last few days before the dead period, which will run until the New Year, and the weekend came with some big news for some of the Midwest's biggest programs.

Here is a look at some of the news to come from the weekend.

  • Michigan added two commitments, including one from David Dawson, a former Michigan commit. The momentum swung in the Wolverines' favor once again a few weeks ago when Brady Hoke offered the ESPN 150 offensive lineman for the second time. Michigan also added Dawson's Detroit Cass Tech teammate Delano Hill, a former Iowa commit.
  • Ohio State did not host any big visitors, but the Buckeyes got some good news. ESPN 150 linebackers Trey Johnson and Mike Mitchell announced they will commit in early January, and the Buckeyes are in a good position to land both.

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On a big visit weekend for Michigan, the Wolverines have picked up two big-time prospects in offensive lineman David Dawson (Detroit/Cass Tech) and his teammate, defensive back Delano Hill. Dawson, the one-time Michigan commit, was on his official visit, while Hill had only recently been offered by Michigan.

The two are big commitments for Michigan as they both come at positions of need, and they also happen to be very good prospects. Dawson is a four-star and the No. 1-ranked guard, while Hill is a solid three-star safety who had been committed to Iowa until flipping to Michigan on Saturday.

The two commitments now give Michigan 24 total for the 2013 class, and will likely give the Wolverines a boost in the ESPN class rankings as well. With the NCAA and Big Ten rules, Michigan is still able to sign three more prospects in this class. With plenty more options on the board, Michigan should be in good shape to land a few more top prospects.
Ohio State will get its chance to make a late pitch for the top-ranked offensive guard in the nation when David Dawson (Detroit/Cass Tech) makes an official visit to Columbus, Ohio.

But the 6-foot-4, 282-pound ESPN 150 senior won’t be making the trip when many of the 2013 targets are coming to Ohio State, and that could be a good thing.

Dawson indicated that his trip is slated for Jan. 18 -- a full week after Kenny Lacy, Cornelius Elder, Shelton Gibson, James Hearns, Ryan Timmons, Marcus Baugh, Johnny Townsend and Jalin Marshall are making their visits to see the Buckeyes.

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If there’s a spot for an offensive lineman in Ohio State’s 2013 recruiting class, it’s pretty evident who the Buckeyes are going after if it’s not David Dawson (Detroit/Cass Tech).

It became clearer today when UCLA commit Kenny Lacy (Phoenix/Mountain Pointe) scheduled an official visit.

The 6-foot-5, 260-pound offensive tackle was floored by Ohio State’s interest on Nov. 29, saying it was a big offer.

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With the recruiting season winding down and signing day fast approaching, the big what-if scenario for Michigan has to do with two former commits. There are three spots left in this class due to the fact defensive back Gareon Conley (Massillon, Ohio/Washington) and offensive lineman David Dawson (Detroit/Cass Tech) wanted to take visits and thus decommitted.

Both are still being recruited by Michigan, since both are still at a position of need. They also are being courted by Ohio State, which means there is a chance the Buckeyes could land both of the former Wolverines commits. So, what if that happened?

The first thing Buckeyes fans would say is that it was payback for Michigan nabbing former Ohio State commit Kyle Kalis in the 2012 class. Aside from that, the Buckeyes would be landing two very good players at positions of need for Michigan.

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