OLB Nick Dawson Profile
The Beary Academy (Charlotte, N.C.) outside linebacker watched Hopper make his move, and it caught him off guard.
"It was something that just happened," Dawson told CUTigers.com last Friday at the Nike Football Training Camp. "We'd seen everything. They laid a good day out for us. I guess it was his time."
Like his speedy teammate, the Scout.com No. 22 outside linebacker is also very high on the Tigers.
"It was great seeing him commit, it just wasn't my," Dawson said.
But Hopper has done a little bit of pressing, in an effort to get his teammate to join him at Clemson.
"He's been trying to get me to come, but he's also letting me do my own thing, too," Dawson said.
Clemson, Louisville and Miami could be considered the three of the teams to beat for Dawson, but he claimed no favorites on Friday night.
"I'm just all open, trying to take new trips," he said.
Dawson holds offers from Clemson, Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, North Carolina, N.C. State and Vanderbilt.
Before this past weekend, Clemson was his only trip of the spring. Over the weekend, he visited Tennessee and Kentucky. This spring, he'd like to hit Ohio State and Miami, and his hometown of Louisville.
What stands out about Clemson?
"Coach [Kevin] Steele, he gives me a lot of one-on-one time," Dawson said, "all the facilities, the Tigerwalk—just all of that."
Dawson finished with113 tackles, 14 for a loss, five sacks, six forced fumble and an interception during his junior year.
As a sophomore, he had 125 tackles, six interceptions, three of which were returned for touchdowns.
Biding his time
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