Charlotte (N.C.) Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology linebacker Nick Dawson for the 2012 class already is approaching a half dozen scholarships. Who is intrigued so far by the 6-foot-3, 220-pounder?
"Clemson, NC State, Kentucky, Maryland and Louisville have offered," Berry assistant John Simmons said. "Syracuse, Oregon, Florida State, Auburn, Alabama and LSU have shown an interest.
"It's been kind of overwhelming. He's a humble cat. He works for everything he gets and he is relishing the opportunity."
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Originally from Kentucky, is Dawson intrigued with the chance to go back home?
"You know, that's something we were talking about the other day," he said. "I think he wants to find somewhere in between. He has family here and then his dad is back in Kentucky. He goes back and forth all the time, but I think he wants to be somewhere to appease both."
As a junior, Dawson posted 98 tackles, 78 solos, one interception for a touchdown, four forced fumbles and one recovery at linebacker. He added 476-yards rushing and six touchdowns on the ground.
"He's a linebacker, but his doctor said he still could grow and eventually be 6-foot-5," he said. "If he gets there he may have to consider defensive end.
"He's multi-dimensional. We didn't get him as many touches as we would have liked on offense, he does a great job changing the pace of the game on the ground.
"His body is still filling out though and his weight fluctuates a lot still. He's productive on the field though, but extremely young. He's still only 15."
In addition, Dawson is good friends with teammate and fellow recruit Germone Hopper.
"He and Germone are best friends," he said. "Most of the schools want both of them to be part of their program. They are going to make their own decisions, but they could be teammates for the next four years."