Trotwood-Madison (Ohio) cornerback Reon Dawson has watched teammates Cameron Burrows and Mike McCray make early decisions, but the 6-foot-2, 175-pound Dawson is far from his own decision and is enjoying seeing new scholarship offers come through.
In the last four days, Dawson has added offers from Pittsburgh and Cincinnati to his list, bringing him comfortably into double digit offer territory.
"Someone had come from Pittsburgh to our school, and my coach had said congratulations," Dawson said. "I didn't know what that meant, but assumed that meant an offer."
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Trotwood-Madison head coach Maurice Douglass confirmed that Pittsburgh did indeed offer Dawson on Monday. The Rams have sent a player to Pitt in each of the last two classes, and that fact intrigues Dawson.
"[Nicholas Grigsby] is there now at Pitt and Bam [Bradley] is going to go there this coming fall," Dawson noted. "I can talk to Bam and I can call [Grigsby] about it to see what's happening. I might go up there with them one day and see Pitt. [Bam] said he had went to a game one time and it was fun. He said there is a lot to do up there and a lot to see."
An offer from Cincinnati on Friday preceded Pitt's offer. Dawson recently visited the Bearcats for their spring game, and was excited to pull in an offer from the local school.
"It's a place to play good football, get a good education and it's right down the road," Dawson said.
Due to their close proximity, Dawson plans to make a return visit to Cincinnati this summer. He is also looking into visiting other schools in the coming months.
"After I go to Cincinnati I will go to Kentucky because my cousin played for Kentucky and I really feel that I need to go down there and at least talk to them about the facilities and talk to my cousin," Dawson said.
Dawson's cousin is former Kentucky Wildcat and Pittsburgh Steelers offensive center Dermontti Dawson, so the family connection runs deep in Lexington and the Wildcats stand out early as a team Dawson likes.
"Since I have been getting new offers it varies from time to time, but right now I like Illinois, I like West Virginia, I like Pitt now and I like Kentucky, of course, since my cousin went there," Dawson said.
Dawson has no set list of finalists at this stage, but did mention he may start narrowing his list due to the fact that he now holds 12 scholarship offers. A decision, however, is still months off in the future.
"Cameron and Mike committed early, but I couldn't do it because I just started playing football again my sophomore year," he said. "I'm just putting in work and doing what I need to do as far as grades are concerned, then after that I will make my decision. It will probably be after the football season."