After being committed to Michigan for the last eight months, Detroit Cass Tech offensive lineman David Dawson now looks for a new program to continue his football career after Sunday's decommitment.
Early this week, Dawson said he expected to name a top five in the coming days. However, the influx of inquiries from schools across the country since his decommitment from Michigan have left the four-star lineman with a longer list of potential destinations than he initially expected.
"I got a couple phone calls from Ohio State, LSU, Alabama, Florida, UCLA contacted me today, Vanderbilt, Pitt," Dawson said. "They were just (asking) me can they get one of my official visits, come on down and view their campus."
Although Dawson's current interest list is longer than five, he is starting to focus in on which schools interest him the most.
"In no particular order, I'd say it is Ohio State, Florida, Alabama, LSU and it is a toss-up between Tennessee, UCLA and USC," Dawson said.
The recent string of events was set in motion, in part, by Dawson's desire to take an official visit to Florida. He makes that trip this weekend with fellow state of Michigan lineman Cameron Dillard, who is already committed to the Gators.
Speculation exists that Dawson may follow Dillard's lead and commit to Florida on his official visit, but the Rivals250 lineman was not ready to concede that just yet.
"I just decommitted so I want to at least take two or three visits right now," he said. "I am definitely looking forward to this Florida visit and heard a lot about it. My boy Cam says he loves Gainesville, so I want to go down there and see what Gainesville is all about.
"Really, I am most excited to see the game, see how the crowd hypes up the team and how they act in a game atmosphere. Other than that, just campus life and what happens if they win."
Talks with LSU coaches have already begun about taking an official visit to Baton Rouge the weekend of Nov. 3 to see the Tigers host rival Alabama. While Dawson's final destination has yet to be revealed, the chances he will end up in the SEC appear strong considering his list of favorites.
"It is a grown man league," Dawson said of the SEC. "They are running college football right now and keep recruiting the high recruits coming out of these classes, so they are not going to do anything but keep building on what they have now. I just want to be a part of that and the top SEC schools are in my top [group]."
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