Dawkins dominating this year; visiting FSU

During the Bobby Bowden Football Camp this past summer, one prospect may have stood out more than any other. Everett Dawkins dominated the camp, and has since been on FSU's radar. NoleDigest got the chance to catch up with the Duncan, SC star to briefly talk about his upcoming visit to FSU and if the Noles are still out in front.

Dawkins has seen his stock rise continually early on in the recruiting process, mostly because he has taken the summer success and built a very stellar senior season to date. "Our season is going real well right now. I have 96 tackles, 17 TFL's and 22 quarterback hurries, so I am getting the job done making plays and getting in the backfield. I have been primarily a defensive end and that's where I'll start when I get to college."

Some early reports said that Dawkins was going to make his visit to FSU an official, but he says otherwise, "There was some thought early on, but this is going to be an unofficial visit this weekend. I am definitely, for sure, taking one to FSU when my season is over. That's when I may take them all. But I am very excited about getting to Tallahassee for this game."

Early on in the process the Noles were the team out front for Dawkins. With the pressure turned up high and attention he is getting from a ton of other schools, he says that is still the case. "FSU is still out front for me. They pretty much have been since the camp this past summer. Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and N.C. State are the schools that would round out my top 5. When I was there (at the camp) I liked the coaches. Coach John Lilly is the recruiting coach, and I hear every week from Jody Allen. He'd be my position coach if I went to FSU. We have a pretty good relationship. At first we'd talk on the phone, and that was cool, but you can't really get a gauge for someone from that. Meeting and talking to him in person was nice. Our relationship is good," stated Dawkins.

Being that this visit is an unofficial, there are things that he won't be able to see and do compared to an official visit. For Everett that is okay, as there is one thing in particular he is looking forward to in seeing, "I am getting there Saturday morning and I am sure the game is going to be packed. I am very excited to see the game day atmosphere. I want to see how rowdy the crowd is. I plan on hanging out and seeing the campus some more. Also, I want to see some of the commitments they have there and see how I get along with them. I want to see if we mesh well."

While the defense has had its points this season, it has still been a dominating force the first half of the 2007 campaign, and Everett has taken notice. "I have been watching them on TV this year. Everyone knows they have a new offense and all, and they have had some quarterback and line troubles. That's all well and good and will get fixed. The defense is pretty good. Geno (Hayes) is an awesome linebacker and I have been impressed with the secondary. I can really see myself playing for FSU because they use speed a lot and the players are quick. That is how I play, fast and quick."

With all of the good things he has to say about the Noles and the fact they have had the lead for some time, people have wondered why the South Carolina standout hasn't committed already. "You know, I am not really sure why I haven't. Not sure. I know I like them and I will commit when the time is right. I have talked some to a player committed to FSU from Georgia (Keith Wells) some. But I may take visits and all. When the time is right I will decide on the school I am going to," said Dawkins.

The Seminoles have been on Dawkins since the summer, and it looks as though their hard work is paying off. Everett is one of the fastest rising players in the country as he is a legit playmaker from the defensive end spot. Stay tuned to NoleDigest as we track the recruitment of the Byrnes High star.




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