The Peach State prospect got word that the Illini had offered after speaking with Illinois assistant coach Al Seamonson.
Despite just getting the offer, Dawson says he plans to make the trip to Champaign to see Illinois for himself before too long.
"Right now I'm planning on visiting Illinois this fall," Dawson said.
If things go well it may not be his only visit to Champaign when all is said and done.
"It will be an unofficial visit," he said. "I think I will take my officials after the season."
With his high school season coming up quickly, Dawson doesn't have much time before he straps on the pads again and gets back on the field.
"August 15th is our scrimmage," he said, "and August 23rd is our first full game."