At the beginning of the spring evaluation period, three-star Plant City (Fla.) linebacker Sawyer Dawson only had a few offers to choose from. But after impressing several evaluators, his now has double-digit programs to choose from and even have two early favorites.
"I really like FAU and Purdue," Dawson said. "They are the ones standing out at the moment."
The Owls are very high on Dawson and have been on him since early in the process and now it's paying dividends.
"They're the first school to offer me and we've been in contact ever since," Dawson said. "I went down the for a visit and they really liked me and they told me I'm the No. 1 guy on their board. I really like their coaches and everything."
The Boilermakers came late to the party, but have quickly made up ground thanks to linebackers coach Marcus Freeman.
"They offered me two weeks ago and now they're up there for me," Dawson said. "Coach Freeman came by school this week. We've been talking a lot through social media and stuff but I'm glad he came down it shows how much they're interested."
Dawson, who is listed at 6-foot-2, 190 pounds, is being recruited by some schools as a safety and others as a linebacker. He said his preference is to stay at his natural position.
"Most schools want me as an outside linebacker but I'll play anywhere if I have to," he said. "I have a couple of offers as a safety but I really see myself as an outside linebacker."
With more offers coming in on a weekly basis, Dawson said he has no plans on making a decision anytime soon. Instead, he's focused on taking unofficial visits and familiarizing himself with some of the schools on his offer list.
"I'm trying to visit most of the school that have offered me during the summer," Dawson said. "I'm going to up to Syracuse this summer and then drive around from there and see where I can go."