"That's where I wanted to be and then the depth chart looks good for me," he said. "They're losing a lot of guys next year and they're looking to bring in four or five in my class. I thought it was a good time to do it yesterday."
Cass Tech has produced several former and current Wolverines, and not only did Dawson commit yesterday, but teammate Jourdan Lewis did as well. Dawson says they had discussed the possibility of playing together all day.
"Basically, we were laughing, talking about it when we were walking around the school and talked about it because he already had the offer. I sat down, me and my mother, and talked to Coach Hoke, and he told I had an offer. I looked at my mom and looked at Coach Hoke and told him I wanted to commit. He started yelling for Coach Jackson and Coach Jackson ran in and then JD ran in smiling and he said 'yeah I committed.'"
Dawson says his mother was in approval of the early commitment and not just because of football.
"She was looking at academics. She said it would be great to graduate from Michigan and she said she liked Coach Hoke and liked all the coaches, because you know, it wasn't the first time we had been up there. We feel at home with the coaches. It wasn't like they were being fake with me or anything. They were how they usually are. They're nice people and my mother felt it was the best place for me and so did I."
Dawson played tackle for Cass as a sophomore and then at Cy-Ridge in Houston, where he transferred last year before coming to Cass. As for where he will be at Michigan, that has been discussed, but not fully determined.
"Coach Funk, we talked about it yesterday. He said we'd talk about it down the line. He said I could start out at right tackle. I'd come in playing there, try it there, and if they like me there, then they would keep me there. If not, I'd move to guard, which I have no problem doing. If they're bringing in 6'7, 6'8 guys, there's no point in me being 6'4, 6'5 to try to get a tackle spot."
Dawson has been through a long process of camps, moving schools and taking visits and he says he's happy to be done.
"It feels great. Now I can focus all on academics and winning another championship for Coach Wilcher and going off and playing in the Big House."