"Don't get me wrong there are a lot of really good things going on at Arizona," Dawkins said. "It's a really good school, a really nice campus, but Rich Rodriguez is the reason I wanted to go to Arizona."
Rodriguez's history speaks for itself when looking at how he has developed quarterbacks.
"First, he has done incredible things wherever he's been," Dawkins said. "You look at his offenses and it doesn't really matter who you have back there, because he's going to scheme to get you in position to make plays that good quarterbacks can make.
"His typical quarterback is the guy who can make plays in the passing game and run the ball and do both effectively."
Dawkins believes his skills fit into the Arizona offense.
"I have a strong arm and I'm getting consistently better on my accuracy, things like fitting the ball into tight spots on press coverage," he said.
"I've always been able to make plays with my feet. I really feel I can make plays in both regards."
This is a sentiment that Rodriguez has repeated to the senior signal caller.
"They recruited me for awhile and did a really good job," Dawkins. "They wanted me and they did a good job of selling all the aspects of the school and team."
Still, it was Rodriguez who ultimately lured Dawkins to Tucson.
"When I took the visit and talked with him it was just amazing," Dawkins said. "Not so much for the football even, because I knew he knew that. I just really envisioned myself there and then to know he would be my coach was awesome."
Arizona's product on the field has only re-enforced Dawkins' view.
"Coach Rodriguez did a great job with Denker," he said. "Then once Coach saw how teams were defending, he then adjusted and you saw the results in some of the games. Hopefully, I can do that eventually."