Dawson's Michigan Ship has Sailed

Detroit Cass Tech offensive lineman David Dawson's pledge to Michigan is no more. Citing his ongoing desire to take visits, the Michigan coaching staff informed him today that they are opting to part ways with him and look in another direction.

Not long after offering his commitment to Michigan on February 18th, Detroit Cass Tech lineman Dave Dawson began having second thoughts.  Though excited by the idea of being part of a highly rated class for a storied program that is right in his backyard, he still had a lingering desire to visit other schools.  The Florida Gators seemed piqued his interest the most, and in the months since his pledge to the Wolverines his desire to visit Gainesville only grew stronger.  Now it appears he will have that opportunity.

“I know Dave Dawson didn’t commit to (Florida)... I can tell you that much,” Cass Tech headman Thomas Wilcher told GoBlueWolverine.  “I know he wants to take a visit there.  That’s all I can tell you.”

Michigan has made clear to all of its commitments its hard fast policy against them taking visits.  Because of that their message to Dawson this morning came as little surprise. 

“They are done,” said Wilcher regarding whether the Wolverines will continue courting his star lineman.  “That ship has sailed… sunk.. whatever you want to call it.”

As for Dawson, the path now appears clear for him to look at Florida and any other program he wishes to explore.

“I haven’t talked to Dave since he talked to (Michigan), but I did make sure that he called them up and everything,” Wilcher reported.  “It’s a good thing and a bad thing.  The bad thing is you’ve got a young kid (struggling) trying to make choices.  The good thing is you’ve got a young kid who is understanding that he has to step back and really see the big picture and make sure that he really makes the right decision for himself.”

“I can’t fault him for what he does.  I can only try to get people to understand that these kids are now at a younger age trying to make big decisions, and as adults we’re trying to make sure we hold them accountable (for those decisions).  I really think we need to step back, relax, and let these kids be kids.” 

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