Dawson's coach on UF pledge

Florida landed its fourth commitment in the 2014 class this week in cornerback Duke Dawson. The Dixie County High School (Cross City, FL) standout finished his junior season with 43 tackles, 2 interceptions, and 2 forced fumbles. His head coach Brent Wilkerson talks about what the Gators are getting in Dawson right here.

Dixie County High School Head Coach Brent Wilkerson has coached Florida commitment Duke Dawson all three of his high school years and he's watched him grown tremendously.

"He came in really athletic when he came in his freshman year and started on varsity right away. Physically, he's gotten better. He's gotten in the weight room, pushed himself, he's matured some, his football knowledge has really increased in the past couple of years," Wilkerson said.

"There's a lot of upside with Duke, a lot more he can do, and he knows that and he works hard every day."

Wilkerson said Dawson has a great work ethic and drive to make himself better, and it's not just in the football field, but the classroom as well.

"He has a good work ethic, he wants to get better. All the great ones want to get better and he does. He wants to push himself to be the best he can in college and he wants to play in the pros. What's really been impressive is academically, he's kept all his grades up and that's not easy for a young man to do a lot of times," he said.

Wilkerson thinks the 5-foot-11, 185-pound Dawson will be a great fit at Florida and knows Dawson will be getting some great coaching there.

"I think he's going to have to fight for some playing time over there. Coach Muschamp has got a great thing going over there, the secondary is good, Coach Robinson does a great job with the secondary."

Dawson chose the Gators over Florida State earlier this week giving Florida its first cornerback commitment of the 2014 class.

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