"First of all, I liked the campus and the facilities when I visited. And one of my teammates Jarrod Clements also committed, and we talked about it. I said whatever team he went to, I would go there also because I didn't want to go to college by myself. So I just did it."
The cornerback committed to his position coach Steve Clinkscale.
"I called Coach (Tim) Beckman, and he didn't answer. So I called Coach Clink, and he was happy. I decided to commit after the track meet today."
Dawson had two memorable results Friday. Besides the commitment, he had tremendous track success as well.
"I did good with my track meet today. I'm qualified for the state meet in the 4 X 100, the 4 X 200 and the 4 X 400. I ran a 48.8 in the 400."
One more visit may be on his agenda, but otherwise Dawson appears firm with the Illini.
"I'll probably take one more visit to Kentucky because that's where my cousin Demonte Dawson played. We go down there for a family reunion every January anyway. So I'll probably take a visit there, but I'm still committed to Illinois."
The 6'-2", 175 pound cornerback has the speed and ranginess to be a good one. He will also see time this fall as a wide receiver.
Trotwood-Madison went 15-0 and won the Division 2 Ohio State championship last fall.
The Illini now have ten known commitments.