Trotwood-Madison won the Division II State Title this season after falling in the championship the previous year. Dawson was a key player on the team, grabbing five interceptions on route to a 15-0 season for the team.
The 6-foot-2, 175-pound junior moves fast and believes that speed is one of his best attributes as a defender.
"I prefer man defense because it allows me to use my speed and lift," Dawson said. "I come from a speed defense. All we have is speed. I think that's a main reason we won the state championship, because our entire defense is really fast."
Arizona is recruiting Dawson as a cornerback, but he also plans on adding a wide receiver position to his resume this coming fall.
"Arizona is recruiting me to be a defensive back," he said. "Some other schools want to see how I do at receiver as well. I can catch pretty well, so we'll see how it goes."
The other schools that are recruiting Dawson include West Virginia, Pittsburgh, Kentucky, Illinois, and Michigan.
"I called to check up with the Arizona coaches a few weeks ago," Dawson said. "They were talking to me about my tape. I've been watching some video of the defenses that they run and I think I could fit in pretty well.
"There are more defensive backs on the field in the 3-3-5, which gives us a better chance to make plays."
Dawson would not name a leader, but said that it would take a great opportunity for him to leave the Midwest.
"I don't have any favorites right now," Dawson told us. "I think that I will most likely stay in the Big Ten, but anything can happen between now and when I sign a letter of intent."