Former Michigan Commit David Dawson High on Buckeyes
By Michael Chung
There may not be a greater rivalry in college football than Ohio State and Michigan. The rivalry has recently gone beyond the annual November clash, with players even going so far as to switch sides in a heated battle between two schools, and two states.
Columbus native Justin Boren declared that family values were amiss and left the Maize and Blue for the Buckeyes when Rich Rodriquez became the head coach at Michigan back in 2008. Subsequently, his younger brothers Zach and Jacoby followed big brother to Buckeye land after growing up in the shadow of Bo Schembechler and the Wolverines.
Then, after Jim Tressel was forced to retire from Ohio State last May, Kyle Kalis, a Buckeye commit, revoked his verbal pledge and shortly afterwards pledged to the Wolverines. Some recruiting experts felt Kalis would flip back but he never did.
Now, history maybe repeating itself in an another role reversal. After being committed to the Michigan Wolverines since February, Cass Tech offensive lineman David Dawson recent de-committed and is considering the Buckeyes as one of his top landing places.
On top of Ohio State, this 4-star offensive lineman is also considering Alabama, Florida, LSU and the other hated Wolverine rival, the Michigan State Spartans. Ohio State is in desperate need of offensive linemen and Dawson is considered to be one of the top offensive guards in the country.
Getting this 6-4, 282-pounder out of Detroit would be a double-edged sword, fulfilling a huge need but also snatching away a once committed Wolverine. He took some time to give us some inside information on his recruiting status.
Ozone: Do you have a leader?
Dawson: Michigan State and Ohio State are neck-and-neck.
Ozone: What makes MSU and OSU attractive?
Dawson: Both are close to home, good programs, and I believe both are going to do big things soon.
Ozone: Since you de-committed, how have Michigan fans treated you?
Dawson: Bad! Really just talking about me.
Ozone: How hard is Ohio State recruiting you?
Dawson: They are recruiting me hard.
Ozone: Of all the schools that are recruiting you, which one is recruiting you the hardest?
Dawson: Michigan State and Ohio State have been recruiting me equally as hard.
Ozone: Which OSU coaches are you closest too?
Dawson: I have spoken to coach (Kerry) Coombs, (Ed) Warinner, and coach Meyer.
Ozone: Does the fact that your teammate and good friend Dennis Finely committed to Michigan State give the Spartans a slight advantage?
Dawson: It could give Michigan State a slight advantage because we are good friends.
Ozone: When will you visit Ohio State? When will you make your decision?
Dawson: I have already been to Ohio State around four times. I will decide at the Under Armour All Star game.
Ozone: Does Michigan have a chance to get you or are they officially eliminated?
Ozone Quick Hitters with David Dawson:
Favorite food: All soul food
Favorite Michigan restaurant: Don’t really have one.
Song: All of MMG, French Montana, Kirko Bangz and 2chaim songs.
Sports Idol: Pounceys, Joseph Barksdale, and Orlando Pace.
*Thank you so much David for taking the time to update us on your recruitment. God bless you as you make your college choice. Ohio State fans will be among those eagerly watching the Under Armour All Star game for your announcement.
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