Dawson 'loved' first Tuscaloosa trip

Holding an early offer to his name and playing for a school known to produce talent, Nick Dawson has some things going his way as a junior. It's led to more interest, and he recently took in Tuscaloosa for the first time.

Cincinnati is currently the only school to offer three-star junior Nick Dawson, but that figures to change sooner than later.

In the last two weeks, the McDonough (Ga.) Eagles Landing Christian Academy standout has taken in big games at both Alabama and Auburn, receiving more and more interest from each program.

The outside linebacker prospect was in Tuscaloosa for the LSU game, in which only potentially elite prospects were invited, and his first impression of the Crimson Tide's campus was a positive one.

"It was great, I love it!" Dawson said. "I was able to talk to Coach [Kirby] Smart for a minute..so it's looking good.

"It was my first time there so he was talking about how he has heard a lot about me and my season so far and that he'll be at my school to come see me soon and he also wanted some more film."

ELCA has had several talented defensive players over the last few cycles like Justin Thomason (2012 North Carolina signee) and Isaac Rochell (2013 Notre Dame signee), along with current senior and 2014 four-star defensive end Andrew Williams. Dawson is on the other side of him, and it's resulting in several schools looking to evaluate him further. Smart relays the same message to him.

"He also said he'll be back in January for sure, so I'm hoping he can come and watch me in the (Georgia) Rising Senior bowl," he said.

The UA defensive coordinator likes several things about the 6-foot-2, 215-pounder already.

"Just my frame and physical stature," Dawson said. "He hasn't been able to see that much but he's really eager to get my film from Hudl so far this year.

"My coach just sent it to him now."

Between speaking to Smart and taking in the electric atmosphere that night, it's safe to say Alabama could be a major player in his recruitment down the road.

"The fans and the atmosphere there stood out," Dawson said. "Like they are so energetic, I love the way they interacted with me, I also see that Alabama has a pretty solid history behind their football team and I love that.

"An offer from them would honestly mean a lot, being that they are a top program in the SEC and in all of college football. I would take that offer into serious consideration when it comes down to making my choice on where I'm going to play at."

The Tide isn't the only program keeping tabs on him, though.

"Right now just Cincinnati has offered, I have a lot of interest from South Carolina, Auburn, Miami, Florida State, Mississippi State and Clemson," he said. "I know that with Coach Deke and Coach Robinson from South Carolina and Coach Hobby from Clemson and Coach Garner from Auburn they are just Waiting to get the rest of my film from my coach.

"They've all been to a few of my games so now I'm just waiting to see what they say."

With all signs pointing to a bright future potentially in the SEC, Dawson's early impression of Nick Saban's program is worth monitoring going forward.

ELCA kicks off its playoff run against Athens (Ga.) Christian this weekend.

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