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.