Dawson Still Wide Open

Lamar Dawson, a four-star linebacker from Boyle County, has narrowed his list down to seven schools. Are Louisville and Kentucky still options for the 6'2, 230-pound Dawson? Or is Dawson planning to head out of state? Scout.com has the latest.

Lamar Dawson, the 6-foot-2, 230-pound four-star linebacker from Boyle County High School in Danville, Ky., still favors Kentucky, Louisville, Florida, USC, Oregon, Tennessee and Michigan. All have offered (18 total).

"There's no leader between these schools right now and it's pretty much an even race," he said. "I'll probably get my leader after I take my official visits. All of these schools are recruiting me pretty hard, I mean they all call me at least once a week and are sending me all kinds of mail."

Scout.com's No. 7 middle linebacker is still set for his official visit to Oregon on Oct. 2 and has two more in mind.

"I like Oregon because they won the Pac-10 last year, and they've got the best facilities in the country, so that's something that I want to experience when I head out west," Dawson said. "USC and Florida are two schools that I'm going to get out to for sure for official visits, but I just haven't set any dates yet.

"Both USC and Florida are top programs in the country that I really like," he said. "I like how USC is a private school with a great combination of athletics and academics and how it's in Los Angeles. It would be a great experience to see that. And I've been out to Florida once already and enjoyed it, and I want to get back out there for an official visit.

"Overall, I'll probably make my decision closer to national signing day," Dawson said. "I want to got to a school that's pretty much a place where I'd feel comfortable. I want to be at a program where I fit in with the players and with the students at the school – whether that's in a big city or a small city."

Dawson is also thinking about the in-state schools as strong options.

"Both Kentucky and Louisville are close to home and easy to get to, but I really think that I could just about go anywhere," he said.

And Dawson's also not counting out Tennessee and Michigan.

"Tennessee is also in the SEC and they've always been pretty good," he said. "I liked Michigan when I was out there and I like their coaches. Plus they're off to a 2-0 start."

Boyle County High (3-0) is set to face Mercer County tonight.

Dawson said he's recorded 30 tackles with three interceptions – one of those picks returned for a score. He also said he's got two sacks on the season.

Dawson reports a 3.7 GPA and a 22 ACT with no plans on retaking the test.

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