"I have committed to Michigan, and I have notified the coaching staffs of both schools," Dawson stated. "When I visited Michigan last weekend it became clear to me that it was the right place for me. After sleeping on the decision, I feel even stronger that Michigan is the right place for me."
Dawson had been committed to Illinois since last summer, but reopened his recruitment recently when the Wolverines initiated contact. His official visit last weekend sealed the deal for Michigan.
"I do feel terrible about doing this to Illinois, and Coach (Tim) Beckman was great to me, but I have to do what I think is best for me," he stressed. "This decision will impact the rest of my life, and I feel in my heart it's the right one. There is a little sadness because I feel terrible for the Illinois people, but I'm very happy to be going to Michigan and playing for those great coaches. I have great friends at Michigan, and they are very excited to have me with them."
Dawson will join the number-one recruiting class in the country at Michigan, and will also be joining current teammate Michael McCray in the 2013 Wolverine recruiting class.