Trotwood-Madison (Ohio) defensive back Reon Dawson has watched three of his teammates commit to Big Ten schools already in the class of 2013. Although Dawson holds 13 offers of his own, he does not feel the time is right for him to follow suit.
"I talked with them about it and was asking him when was the right time for them to commit," Dawson said. "I really shouldn't commit early because I've been playing just one year of football and didn't really think I'd have all these scholarships for football. I still have a lot to learn, so I'm just going to wait and improve on my skills."
Dawson listed Arizona, Cincinnati, Illinois, Kentucky, Pitt and West Virginia as some teams standing out early, but admits he does not have a set list of favorites. More teams continue to show interest as the spring progresses.
"I just talked to Wisconsin today," Dawson said. "They just said I was a good player and they are looking at two other guys on our team. They like my film and the caliber of player I am."
The 6-foot-2, 175-pound Dawson played cornerback last fall for Trotwood-Madison, but could also project to safety or wide receiver in college.
"[Cornerback] is the only position I've played, but Arizona said they would like to see me at free safety," Dawson said. "I'll play wide receiver also this year at Trotwood and I'll probably get a couple more offers for receiver."
Speed is one of Dawson's best attributes. He will run in the Ohio state regionals on Wednesday, where he leads off the 4x100 relay team and anchors the 4x200 relay.
Track, though, is a placeholder while Dawson prepares to play his senior season of football. He started off his high school career thinking basketball would be the sport that got him to the next level, but is now wholly devoted to football and will return his attention to that sport in the summer.
"I probably am just going to go to the camps that my coach tells me to go to because I really don't know which ones to go to," Dawson said. "I know I am going to visit Kentucky and I know I am going to visit Cincinnati because they are close by."