Louisville lands WR commitment from Ohio

Columbus, Ohio, Franklin Heights wide receiver Seth Dawkins said Louisville is "on top" of his recruiting and he'll check out the Cardinals on Saturday at Junior Day. Dawkins' father, Anthony, is a former player for the Cardinals.

The University of Louisville football program picked up commitment No. 9 in the Class of 2016 on Monday afternoon when Columbus, Ohio, Franklin Heights wide receiver Seth Dawkins.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Dawkins is a three-star wide receiver and picked U of L over offers from Tennessee, Boston College and several other schools. Dawkins has also received interest from Ohio State, Michigan and Michigan State.

Dawkins is the son of former U of L player Bernie Dawkins, who played at U of L from 1974-77 and his son "grew up a Cardinal fan."

"It just feel great," he said. "I don't have a lot of stress anymore. I always sort of knew I was going to be a Cardinal. I felt like this was the right time."

Dawkins landed an offer from U of L in March and said he thought about committing then but decided to wait a bit. He had a lot of recent interest from big schools and said he wanted to make sure the U of L staff "knew where I wanted to go."

"It picked up a lot but when it started to get really, really heavy that Louisville was already in my mind," he said. "That's where I wanted to go. (The staff) knew it was going to come, I just wasn't sure when it would be.

"I don't think I could see myself going anywhere else."

Dawkins, who also plays basketball, played quarterback for much of his junior season at Franklin Heights. He finished with 35 catches and had a total of 21 touchdowns.

He said U of L offensive line coach Chris Klenakis and wide receiver coach Lamar Thomas have been in contact with him a lot and the coaches were "excited to hear" he committed.

"I just always felt like this was the place I wanted to go," he said. "My family was really happy when I told them. They didn't want to push me one way or another but they knew where I wanted to go. I'm excited."

Dawkins is commitment No. 9 in the '16 class for U of L.

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