Lamar Dawson, the 6-foot-2, 230-pound four-star linebacker from Boyle County High School in Danville, Ky., says he received a scholarship offer from USC yesterday (Wednesday, June 2). "They told me that they'd be reviewing my tape this week and asked me to call them," Dawson said. "So when I called them (on Wednesday) they offered me."
Dawson is being recruited by USC wide receivers coach John Morton and linebackers coach Joe Barry. "I talked to both of them," he said. "They told me that they were very excited about me and that they are offering."
He expects to get the official offer in the mail soon.
"I'll visit them (USC) on an official visit," he said. "I won't be able to go there this summer.
"I like the coaches and the program is always on top," he said. "I was actually surprised they offered because they've only been recruiting me for about a month."
Another school that Dawson says recently offered is Florida. "They offered me last week," he said. "That was really exciting. I love the SEC and they're a top program too."
He is being recruited by Gators defensive coordinator Chuck Heater. "I get along well with him," he said. "He said they need more depth at linebacker and like me a lot."
Dawson, ranked as the No. 10 middle linebacker in the country by Scout.com, now favors Kentucky slightly over Louisville, Cincinnati, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, Tennessee, USC and Oregon. He says all have offered (13 total).
"I grew up on Kentucky and I love coach Joker Phillips," he said. "I think he's gonna turn them around and make them very competitive.
"It's also close to home, which is nice," he said about the Wildcats, who are about 45 minutes from his house. "But if it's the right fit, I'll go far away too."
The Wildcats' in-state rival, Louisville, is about one and half hours from Dawson's home and he says he likes their new coaches as well. "I like Charlie Strong a lot," he said. "He's a nice guy and I think he's got everyone very excited over there. I think he'll build that program back up."
Besides Kentucky and Louisville, the only other school that Dawson has already visited is Cincinnati.
Although he doesn't plan on going to any camps this summer, he says he's already scheduled an unofficial visit to Florida on June 17.
Another school that Dawson says may get an official trip is Oregon. "I know they have like the best facilities in the country," he said about the Ducks famed facilities. "It's like Nike University.
"But I've heard that Michigan has some good facilities too," he said about the Wolverines. "And the Big House is a great stadium. I'm still trying to get to know the coaches better and learn more about them."
Dawson says he hopes to trim his list to five this summer. "I'll have a top five at the end of June," he said. "I want to take a look at some more schools and evaluate some things."
He says he won't make a decision until after his senior season. "I plan to take all five of my official visits before I commit," he said.
Dawson reports a 3.7 core GPA and a 22 ACT.