My Take: Lamar Dawson

The 6-1 3/4, 240-pound middle linebacker with 4.57 speed took a visit with a teammate, his high school coach and his wife. Dawson from Danville (KY) Boyle County did not commit to the University of Florida and is not a silent.  FightinGators.com has a video interview with Dawson on the way.

"They should be there at the top," Lamar Dawson said about his list of favorites which includes Kentucky, Ohio State, USC and a host of other schools.

Dawson made the 11 hour drive and now looks to take in some vacation at the beach on the way home.  He is not sure if he will be able to attend Friday Night Lights but does have a return trip in mind to see the Swamp up close.

"I will come back for the LSU game."

This was Dawson's first trip to Gainesville and he was very impressed with what the Gators had to offer including head coach Urban Meyer.

"Playing time."  Dawson spent the majority with the head Gator and liked what he heard.

"He is just a great guy.  They have playing time and they want me.  I had a real great feeling out there.  They are one of the best programs with one of the best head coaches.  Meeting all the coaches in person was the best part.  I met coach Heater when he came to my school in May but this was the first time I met the other guys.  The facilities are very nice and I loved the Swamp.  I really liked how open it was to all the public and how they were running stairs and stuff like that."

Dawson's coach and wife were also very impresses with what they saw.

"My coach really liked what he saw.  He and his wife are very biased they are Florida fans.  She was unbelievably impressed with how badly they want me at Florida."

Dawson also had a chance to meet with his potential position coach.

"I talked to coach D.J. Durkin and we talked about technique and stance and the things that the Florida linebackers do at Florida."

Make no mistake about it, Dawson did not commit to Florida on this visit but it did put the Gators right there at the top.  He will look to take all five of his official visits at this time but things could certainly change moving forward as they often times do in the world of recruiting.


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