Dawkins talks about MVP Award & FSU

Everett Dawkins is one of the top defensive ends in the south this year. The Seminole commitment will be making his official visit to Florida State this weekend, and NoleDigest caught up with the South Carolina standout to get his thoughts on the visit and what's been going on since his team won the state championship.

Since his senior season Everett has been a very busy man. Besides finishing up the school semester strong, Dawkins has spent several weeks away from home playing in a couple All-Star games. In December he played in the annual Shrine Bowl, while this weekend he played in Max Emfinger's game in Mississippi. He tells NoleDigest about his time in those games, saying, "The Shrine Bowl was exciting. I have two cousins that played in that game then went onto college. They were telling me how exciting it is playing in that game. It was cool to play against guys I'll probably be playing against in the ACC. Plus, I did pretty well there, so I had a good time."

While the All-Star game in Mississippi isn't as big and widely known as the Army All-American game, Dawkins felt privileged he had a chance to be in the game. He said, "I had a lot of fun there. Out of the four games this past weekend it was the smallest and not the most organized, but I got a chance to meet some new people and I always enjoy that. I really think I stood out and I think I dominated. I was told I had 3 sacks, but I think I finished with 5 sacks and 13 tackles in the game. I got a call from one of the coaches the day after and he told me I was the MVP, so that was nice. Going into my senior season I really wanted to be invited to one of the bigger games, but it didn't work that way. I took this chance to play well and show I am one of the better players in the nation."

Now that the All-Star games are over Dawkins is turning his attention to his only scheduled official visit. Even though Dawkins has been to FSU on several occasions, this visit is something he's been looking forward to for some time. "I am excited about this visit. I really want to get to know some of the players that'll be there next year and I want to see the environment during the school year. I've seen things while I'm there but there's some more in-depth stuff I want to check out. I was talking to Coach Jody Allen and he was telling me that they are trying to set me up with Everett Brown as my host. I like talking to Coach Allen. When I went to the Miami game I got more of a chance to speak to the other coaches, but Allen is the one I talk to the most. I know there is going to be a bunch of guys there this weekend, and I'll be talking to some guys to see how they are feeling. You always hear about how Nigel (Bradham) and E.J. (Manuel) are recruiting. We are trying to build something special here at FSU. I'll be driving down there with my parents, so we are looking to have a good time," stated Dawkins.

Even though Dawkins still has another semester to go before he graduates from high school, he says he cannot wait to get to FSU. He says, "Man, I'm ready to get to college. Since football is over all I am doing is working out and stuff. I am ready to go though. I will be ready to play ball. Coach Allen told me to not look for a redshirt and to be ready to go. That's going to make me work harder and be the best I can. After I get back from my visit I am going to get to work. I know I have things to work on, so I'm looking to improve on those things."

Everett is one of the most underrated commitments FSU has for the 2008 class. He's been a dominating force on the high school level throughout his entire career, and that success is something he looks to take on to FSU next summer. Stay tuned to NoleDigest for further updates with Everett and the rest of the 2008 recruiting class.

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