The 6-foot-2, 230-pound Danville (KY) Boyle County linebacker has it all – talent, size and a strong academic resume.
Not only is Dawson a four-star prospect, rated the nation's No. 9 middle linebacker, but he also has a 3.7 GPA and has already received a qualifying ACT score.
Friday, Dawson made his first visit to Louisville to check out the Cardinals Red-White spring game.
"I liked it," Dawson said. "It was real nice up there. The stadium was big and they're adding on. I liked the coaches. I talked to all of them, but mostly coach [Brian] Jean-Marie, the linebacker coach. He was telling me if I go to Louisville I can get early playing time."
Dawson holds several BCS offers and has no shortage of options. He says he's seriously considering Louisville and believes Charlie Strong has the Cards headed in the right direction.
"I feel they're on the rise," Dawson said. "I think with the coaches the defense is going to be better and they can win the Big East. They're in the picture. I really like it up there."
"I'm keeping my options open," said Dawson. "From what I've seen of Louisville they're a possibility. I also like Kentucky and Cincinnati."
"I'm going to take official visits and make a decision after my season," Dawson said. "Academics, the coaching staff, the conference, fanbase and facilities are important factors. Louisville has good fan support and with the expansion more fans can come and watch the game."