Rivals250 inside linebacker Nick Dawson of Charlotte (N.C.) Berry might have 50 tackles with six sacks in four games, but while he is happy with the way he has played, he isn't content.
"I'm playing faster than I have in past years, but I can get better," Dawson said.
Dawson, who will participate in a live chat 7 p.m. Thursday at Rivals100.com, holds more than a dozen offers, including one that recently came from Oklahoma State, he said. At this point, he isn't ready to name a leader or even a top five, saying only that he remains "open."
However, he admitted three schools currently stand out.
"Louisville, Clemson and North Carolina," Dawson said. "They're recruiting me the hardest."
Dawson spoke briefly about each.
Clemson: "It's a family atmosphere. That was my first offer. I really like it there. And my best friend [receiver Germone Hopper] is committed there."
Louisville: "They're recruiting me the hardest. They're [contacting him] every night. It's crazy."
North Carolina: "I went to the UNC-Rutgers game. It was good up there. They showed me a lot of love. It was fun. I got there a little late, but when I came out the tunnel Coach [Everett] Withers pulled me to the side and talked to me for about 10 minutes."
Earlier this year, Dawson was close to committing to Clemson. But now, it looks as if any sort of announcement might be a few months away.
"I'll commit when my family is ready," he said.