Curtis Dawson: defensive dominator

Perhaps the most rugged linebacker to play in Alabama in over a decade, Hoover's Curtis Dawson could well end up on the defensive line in college.

"I'm a physical player who loves contact," Curtis Dawson told in a recent interview. "I want to destroy everything I touch and I love to play against running teams."

Dawson, 6-1, 255 pounds, has worked at inside linebacker in high school, mainly because it allows him to be in on virtually every play. But his high school coach sees him moving to the D-Line in college.

"He prefers inside linebacker due to the impact collisions that happen on a frequent basis," Hoover High School coach Rush Propst said. "But Curtis is talented enough that he has played outside (linebacker) and at defensive end. He puts incredible pressure on the quarterback."

Dawson finished his junior campaign with 145 tackles and nine sacks en route to making All Metro and Honorable Mention All State honors. He was a key component in his school's state championship run.

"Curtis is the most dominant high school player that I have coached," Propst stated. (Propst coached Chad Jackson last season, a Florida signee who was the consensus No. 1 player in Alabama.)

The Hoover High School star has enormous strength that allows him to simply overpower would-be blockers. He bench presses 400 pounds, squats 550 and power cleans 325. He claims a best clocking in the 40-yard dash of 4.70.

Considered by many recruiting experts as a legitimate candidate for the top defensive player in Alabama, Dawson has big plans for his final prep season. "I will be playing my senior year of high school for my freshman year of college," he explained. "The better I perform, the better my chances are for that major college offer."

Offers shouldn't be a problem. So far Dawson claims scholarship offers from Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee, LSU, Florida and Mississippi State. Dawson has also expressed interest in Ole Miss and Georgia, but his coach expects his decision to come down to an in-state battle between the Tide and Tigers.

Dawson carries a 2.4 Grade Point Average.

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