Did Dawson dig Athens?

Josh Dawson spent the weekend in Athens, so what did the four-star defensive end think? He talks about his visit, his commitment to Vandy, and more here.

"I had a good time up at Georgia this weekend. My host was T.J. Stripling and I hung out with him, Ken Malcome, Shawn Williams, Bacarri Rambo, Alec Ogletree, and some other guys. It was cool to get up there, spend time around the guys, and see what it is really like at Georgia" said Josh Dawson.

Dawson had been to Athens a few times before, but he entered this visit with a couple of questions. He got the answers to those before he left Sunday afternoon.

"I wanted to know how I would be used in their defense and I wanted to see what the players and coaches bond was like there.

"The coaches showed me film, they showed me their plan, and I liked how they would use me if I went there. I would move around a lot, play with my hand up, my hand down, and drop into coverage some. They just want to get me in the right position to make plays.

"I really saw it is like a family at Georgia too. The players are very close, the coaches have a great relationship with the players, and it was cool to be around all of them. All of my questions were answered in a good way."

Rodney Garner is Dawson's recruiting coach and Todd Grantham broke film down for him, and both coaches made good impressions on the 6-foot-4, 220 pound athlete out of Tucker, Ga.

Head Coach Mark Richt impressed him as well.

"I had a very good conversation with Coach Richt. We talked about some football, we talked about Georgia being the home-state school, we talked about life in general, and we had a good talk.

"I really like Coach Richt, who he is, and what he is about. He is an easy guy to talk and I like that. We talked about a lot of simple things and it was cool."

For now, the four-star on Scout remains committed to Vanderbilt, but will that stand?

"I had a good time at Georgia, but I am still committed right now," Dawson said. "I am visiting Vandy next weekend and then we will see. I do not think I will drag things out to Signing Day if I need to make a change, I just need to visit Vanderbilt, and think about things.

"Georgia is a very good school and they have been recruiting me for a long time. I had a very good time this weekend and made a good impression on me.

"I just want to take my time and see how things unfold. If I need to make a change, then I will do that when I feel it is the right time."

South Carolina had also been in the mix for Dawson, but he said it looks like it will come down to Georgia and Vanderbilt.

Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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