Dawson gets special attention at L'ville camp

Four-star linebacker Nick Dawson might be Louisville's top recruit in the Class of 2012, and the 6'2, 225-pound prospect received special attention from Charlie Strong over the weekend during the Cardinals football camp.

Four-star linebacker Nick Dawson might be Louisville's top recruit in the Class of 2012, and the 6'2, 225-pound prospect received special attention from Charlie Strong over the weekend during the Cardinals football camp.

"It was great, I really enjoyed the visit," Dawson told InsideTheVille.com. "It was cool. I was in camp and my head was messing with me a little bit, but when I got going it was very competitive."

Louisville is involved in a tough recruiting battle for Dawson's services with Clemson, and several other powerhouse football programs. Dawson, who recently attended Clemson's camp, had an opportunity to work with Charlie Strong, one of the nation's top defensive-minds, at Louisville's camp.

"I worked out one on one with the Boss – Coach Strong – and I did everything right that he told me to do…That was a positive," said Dawson. "I can see myself playing for them in the future. It was like nobody else was in camp but me. [Strong] grabbed me out of the linebackers and took me to my own personal section and it was just me and him. He put me through a lot of drills and I competed well in them."


Nick Dawson
Dawson was excited about the feedback he received about his performance from Strong at the conclusion of the camp.

"They gave me a great vibe," Dawson said. "They really want me so that's a positive. Coach [Brian] Jean-Marie, he's a great coach. He put me through his [drills] and it looked like the linebackers were scared to catch the ball, and I was just doing everything better than everybody else. I showed a lot of heart when Coach Strong put me through those drills but I kept on going."

Dawson has gone back and forth between Louisville and Clemson this spring and summer, rotating the two programs at the top of his list. Where do things stand in his recruitment after his visit to Louisville?

"It's very hard to decide which is my top school," Dawson said. "I'm trying to wait it out and see who is going to show me the most interest. Every time I go down to Clemson I love it. Every time I come to Louisville I love it. Basically one of the schools is going to have to show me something that stands out more than the other."

That something could be taking shape. Dawson expressed concern about the depth chart situation at his position with Clemson. He has no concerns about his ability to get on the field quickly at Louisville.

"Louisvilles situation is better because some of their starting linebackers are going out, so I would have a great chance to compete for a starting position when I get into school, whereas Clemson has 11 linebackers, plus one already committed for this year," Dawson said.

"At Clemson, I'd be competing with 12 guys. I know I could beat out four or five, but 12 is [crowded]. I feel great about the numbers situation at Louisville. I love Clemson, but if that's not the best fit for me I can't just love the school. I love Louisville, too, and it's a great fit. I'm not saying I'm going to Louisville but it's a great fit."

Though Clemson and Louisville stand out for Dawson, the talented linebacker from Charlotte (NC) Berry Academy also has interest in a few other programs, and plans to check out Oregon next month.

"I'm still considering everyone," Dawson said. "Those two schools are at the top of my list, but I like other schools like Tennessee and North Carolina. I'm just going to wait it out and do what's best for me. I'm going Oregon July 5 through 9 and that's the only other visit I have scheduled."

Dawson doesn't sound ready to announce a college decision, and talks about wanting to make some official visits during the season before he settles on a decision.

"I'm not sure when I'm going to make my decision," Dawson said. "A lot of schools are jumping on board now and I want to see a lot more schools. I want to see how USC runs their program. I might not go there, but I just want to say that I went out there when I was younger. I'm going to Oregon, and I'll probably take one of my officials to USC. I want to go far [away] to see how it is before I make my decision."


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