#BlueChipBattles -- Dec. 7

RecruitingNation breaks down the nation's top 10 football recruiting battles

Updated: December 7, 2012, 4:35 PM ET
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RecruitingNation has summoned its writers from around the country to compile a list of the top 10 battles for elite football recruits leading up to February's signing day. We'll update our rankings periodically to reflect a change in a player's status (i.e., new offers, trimmed-down list or a positive/negative official visit). Our writers have debated the list for weeks, but we value your input as well. Voice your opinion on Twitter (@RecruitingESPN) using #BlueChipBattles.

Here is this week's panel of writers: Kipp Adams (@KippLAdams), Jared Shanker (@JShankerESPN), Sam Khan Jr. (@skhanjr), Greg Ostendorf (@GregO_ESPN), Erik McKinney (@EMcKinneyESPN), Derek Tyson (@DerekTysonESPN), Brad Bournival (@bbournival), Radi Nabulsi (@RadiNabulsi) and Chantel Jennings (@chanteljennings).

What's your top 10?

Below is our list, but we're also giving you a shot at ranking the top 10 recruiting battles.


David Dawson | @D3_FutureLegend

Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech | OG | 6-4/282 | ESPN Rank: No. 87

Last week's #BlueChipBattles rank: Unranked.

Commitment status: Uncommitted and still taking visits.

Who's in the driver's seat: His top three of Ohio State, Michigan and Alabama.

Other candidates: Michigan State.

Dark horse: Michigan.

@chanteljennings's take: Michigan reoffered Dawson last week after the two had split ways in mid-October. Brady Hoke's policy is that if a commit takes a visit to an opposing school after his verbal, it's considered an automatic decommitment, but the two had a heart-to-heart and Michigan is once again an option for Dawson. The Wolverines have a shot, considering Dawson will take his official visit the weekend of Dec. 14, joining all the other 2013 commits making the trip to Ann Arbor. He was supposed to visit Ohio State this weekend but was forced to postpone the trip. Expect him to take all his visits and take his time before making a final decision.

RecruitingNation ranks Dawson's recruitment as the No. 10 battle in the country. Tweet us your opinion using the hashtag #BlueChipBattles @RecruitingESPN.



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