Big Time LB Will Camp at UF

They say Kentucky is a basketball state, but anyone saying that hasn't watched Lamar Dawson play football. The 6-2, 230 pound monster linebacker from Danville (KY) Boyle County HS has shot up the charts in recent months due to his play and has become a priority for some of the nation's premier football programs. Dawson will be taking trips to some of these schools this summer.

Lamar Dawson and Boyle County were done with school for the summer back on May 28 and the mauling linebacker has his sights set on visiting some programs this summer, visits that should help him make a tough decision of where to sign in February. He also talked about home state favorite Kentucky.

"It is going well," Dawson said of the short summer so far. "I haven't been anywhere yet. I plan on visiting a few. I will visit Tennessee this Friday, Next week I am going to Florida and then after that I will visit Michigan and Illinois.

Dawson is a prototype middle guy with size, strength, speed and the ability to fight off blocks. He plays a little offense for Boyle County, but his heart lies as a hitting machine.

"Everyone is recruiting me as a Mike, but Oregon would let me play linebacker or tight end," he said. "I would rather play linebacker."

The terrorizing tackler has few friends on the offensive side of the ball after leaving bruises, and he patterns his game after one of the legendary hitters in the game. He also knows he needs to still improve his game.

"I think I play like Ray Lewis, very physical," Dawson said. "I want to get bigger, faster, and stronger.

He will be visiting four of the top football programs in the country this summer in Tennessee, Michigan, Illinois, and Florida. He talks a little about each.

Tennessee: "They are pretty close to home and I like what is going on there. I have the opportunity to play early there."

Michigan: "I like that they are the all time winningest program. They haven't been winning lately, but they need to get the right players and get back on track."

Illinois: "I like the Big-10. I also like Coach Nord and when he was at Louisville, he signed some of the guys from my school."

Kentucky: "They are on the rise in the SEC. I like (head coach) Joker Phillips personality, he's a great guy and pretty down to earth.

Florida has persuaded Dawson to come to camp and compete with the Sunshine State talent and he will be on campus for camp on June 17. Linebacker coach D.J. Durkin and co-defensive coordinator Chuck Heater share recruiting responsibilities for Dawson and he is building a relationship with the two.

"Coach Heater came up this spring, but we do our spring ball in March so he didn't see me play," Dawson said. "I talked to Coach Durkin (Wednesday)...a couple of hours ago. We talked about getting me down there and the opportunity I have coming in at the Mike linebacker. I feel like I am a big priority for Florida."

He also knows what the Florida defense brings to the table.

"I watched them last year when I went to the UK – Florida game," he said. "I liked how they played, they are fast and quick and move around."

He has a few things he wants to see when he makes the trip in a week.

"I want to see the facilities and visit with the coaches and the players," he said.

A big fan of the University of Kentucky, the Wildcats are going to be hard to beat for his services. The many big time programs that are on him are going to their best to change that and will be there to follow the twists and turns of his recruitment as they happen.

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