Michigan Back in Dawson's Plans

Detroit Cass Tech (Mich.) senior guard David Dawson talks about his renewed Michigan recruitment and what lead to Thursday night's surprising turn of events.

David Dawson was committed to Michigan for much of the year, but the Detroit Cass Tech guard and the Wolverines parted ways this Fall, leaving Dawson without a Maize and Blue offer and looking at other programs.

On Thursday night, Dawson reported that he had been re-offered by the Wolverines and they were back in the picture with him.

"I talked to Coach Singletary a couple of times after I decommitted over twitter. I've been talking to players. I just sat down and talked to my coaches and my mom and I want to get up there one last time. If that's the place for me then I'll be there. That's pretty much it. I talked to the players… Khalid, Shane, a couple of other players… Mike and Taco."

The recruiting process is stressful enough on its own, but Dawson had personal tragedy overshadowing everything in his life this year, including where he would go to college.

"I'm still dealing with things that I went through. I put a lot (of the blame for wanting to leave Michigan) on that. It wasn't nothing against the program at Michigan. It was just my own personal issues. I'm working on those right now and we should be alright."

Dawson set three official visits earlier in the week, and Michigan is another trip he is looking to fit into his plans.

"I'm going down to Ohio State December 7th – 9th, I'm trying to get to Michigan on the 14th. I'm going to talk to them about it tomorrow. It might be December 14th when everybody else take theirs. In January I have Alabama scheduled for the 11th and Michigan State scheduled for the 18th. I don't know (if I'll take all the visits). Right now I'm going to take it day to day."

Not only did Dawson speak with Coach Singletary and the other commits, but he went straight to the top and spoke with Michigan head coach Brady Hoke as well.

"I actually just got off the phone with (Coach Hoke). We just talked about just really how much I could fit in the program, how much they still want me. We talked about my dad a little bit and he said he understood what I might have been thinking and things like that. He just told me to take my time. That's what Coach Singletary told me too."

There are several reasons Dawson wants to take another look at Michigan, and some of them are the exact reasons he originally committed.

"How close it is to my family, the coaches, the family atmosphere, winning tradition, and that's pretty much it because I know where ever I go you've got to go in and work so I'm not really that worried about depth charts. (There are no favorites) as of right now. Everything is up in the air for me. Like I said… I've scheduled my visits and that's what I'm (focused) on right now."

These developments could only come after the season, because Dawson wanted to concentrate on helping Cass Tech repeat as state champions, and that's exactly what they did.

"I think my season went well. Individually I played through a fractured foot so looking at my film I wasn't pleased with some games that I played in, but like I said, I was playing on a fractured foot. As a team we had a few bumps in the road. We lost to Orchard Lake and we got (beat badly) by King, but those games taught us a lot. The King game we weren't listening. We went through that whole week and we weren't really being coachable. The seniors really weren't stepping up that week and it showed when we played that Friday night. We put that on the seniors. The Orchard lake game was a real hard game for us, but we bounced back the right way. We went to the playoffs and cruised through the playoffs for a minute, then we got to Lake Orion. I wanted to make sure we beat them and got to the State championship. Then we got to the State championship stayed coachable listened went out there and executed. The first play Jayru hooked up with JD and it went 90, Right then and there we knew we had them. At the end of the game we were back to back state champs."


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