A year ago offensive tackle David Dawson was playing at Michigan powerhouse Detroit Cass Tech. However, this offseason the 6-foot-5, 305-pound junior moved to Texas and now suits up for Houston Cy Ridge.
With Texas high school football having a certain mystique about it that has been captured in television and movies, Dawson did not quite know what to expect upon arriving. However, he has made the transition well.
"There was a lot of hype coming down here at first," Dawson said. "Everybody was saying, 'Get ready for Texas football,' and all that. I haven't really noticed a huge difference, though, between playing up north and playing down here. The heat was a big deal at first but, other than that, the competition level is all the same to me. There's really good football in both places.
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"I think I've played well so far this year. I've had a few hiccups in a couple of games but overall I think I'm doing well down here."
Something Dawson has been particularly impressed by is the facilities in the state.
"The first stadium I went to was at Katy and that was really nice," he said. "That was a bit of a shock. The nicest one, though, is the Berry Center where we play most of our games. It's almost like we're playing at a college stadium."
Cy Ridge is off to a 2-2 start in district play and Dawson says the team is taking things one game at a time. He says he has improved in a certain area of his game though.
"Coming into this season I would have said it would have been pass blocking," he said as to his strength on the field, but my technique on run blocking is getting better. We're a pretty balanced offense so I've gotten to work on it."
On the recruiting front Dawson was hearing quite a bit from several schools prior to his move. A couple new programs have since joined in though.
"I started getting new mail from Houston and Colorado," he said. "That's really about it right now. I'm still hearing from the schools that I had back at Cass."