Four-star offensive lineman David Dawson recently released highlight film of his play this past season at Houston (Tex.) Cypress Ridge, and his offer list has exploded in response.
Now back at Detroit Cass Tech, where he started his high school career, college coaches have had no trouble tracking down the 6-5, 305-pound Dawson. Alabama assistant Bobby Williams was able to locate Dawson Tuesday through Cass Tech head coach Thomas Wilcher.
"Coach Wilcher was on the phone during my lunch hour and he called me over to talk to Coach Williams," Dawson reported. "He said, 'We told you we were going to come after you and we're offering you a scholarship.' That made my day."
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Alabama is a school Dawson knows well. He was part of a busload of prospects from southeast Michigan that stopped in Tuscaloosa last summer.
"I camped down there this summer and talked to the coaches," Dawson said. "I liked the facilities and it made me feel like I was at home. Overall, Alabama I think is a good place to be. They put a lot of kids in the next level, they teach you the game of football and they enhance your skills."
The offers have been coming almost daily for Dawson since National Signing Day. Just this past weekend he added tenders from both Arkansas and Oklahoma State.
"I've been talking with Coach [Chris] Klenakis down at Arkansas, so I've got relationships with the coaches down there, but I have not been down there," Dawson said. "Oklahoma State had come over to Cy-Ridge after I left, and the head coach at Cy-Ridge told me to call them. I started talking to them about two weeks ago and when I called them Sunday that is when they said they were offering a scholarship."
Dawson also picked up an offer from West Virginia late Tuesday night to bring his total number of offers to 12. Another school that could be on the verge of offering is Notre Dame.
"They said they just wanted to see my transcripts," Dawson said of the Irish.
Next up for Dawson is a visit to Michigan on Saturday followed by a visit to Michigan State the following weekend. Neither in-state school has offered yet, but Dawson has been in discussions with both coaching staffs.
"Right now, I think Michigan is close and I just got word I am No. 1 on Michigan State's board, so that is good," Dawson said. "Michigan said they just want to see me one more time. We'll just wait and see what happens when I go up there."