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Scout: 3-star, #64 CB
ESPN: 3-star, #41 CB
247Sports: 3-star, #82 CB
Rivals: 3-star, #53 In-state
The visit over the weekend must have done wonders for the young man. As of last week, Dawson, teammate of current commit LB Mike McCray, had been committed to the Fighting Illini since last May before making the trip to AA. Reports stated that he enjoyed his time on campus and now we have proof that it was a game changer. Similar to Michigan's last commit, OL Dan Samuelson, Dawson also couldn't hold back his excitement and committed a few days earlier than his intended decision date of Wednesday, Jan. 14th, reported first by Scout's Bill Green. And from Dawson himself:
Just committed to The University Of Michigan today after decommitting from Illinois. Can't wait to be in Ann Arbor. #GOBLUE #TEAM134As shown above, sites all agree with his ranking, slating him as a 3-star recruit. Rivals doesn't even have a position ranking on him (interesting to say the least) while ESPN has him rated the highest. His measurements of 6'2" 175 seem to be the consensus across the board, save ESPN who lists him at 6'1". The most important stat to look at is his 4.4 speed that all sites report with 247Sports listing him at 4.39. Kid has blazing speed and the trend of recruiting long, tall, quick DB's continues, which I have to say I love to see. Welcome aboard young fella!
— Reon Dawson (@DawsDaws_1) January 15, 2013
A couple tidbits about his game - First, Scout's Ryan Easterling gives us an idea of what Dawson brings to the table:
"Dawson is a scrappy player who attacks the ball. He uses his length to blanket receivers and has the foot speed to not only stay with his man, but also recover...Dawson may even have an opportunity to take some snaps as a receiver if he can prove himself as a consistent pass-catcher. One positive is that he is already in the habit of reading the quarterback’s eyes and locating the ball as soon as it’s thrown."Also from Scout, Dave Berk gives his two cents:
#Michigan is getting a steal in new pledge Reon Dawson... Best football ahead of him.
— Dave Berk (@DMBerk) January 15, 2013
Dawson had scholarship offers from Illinois, Penn St., Purdue, Arizona, West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, Indiana, Kentucky and a few MAC schools.
Could only find his junior year highlights, which are still very impressive if I must say:
Something Scary to Think About
Imagine your a receiver and your watching film getting ready to face Michigan (2-3 years down the road). Your eyes are focused on a 6'2" DB in Dawson on one side, a 6'2" DB in Stribling on the other side, a 6'0" nickel in Lewis, a 6'1" FS in Thomas, and a 6'1" SS in Hill. Yeah...I'd say scary is an understatement; Petrified may be a better word to use. The future defensive backfield is something that we all can agree will be fun to watch.