Before the 2012 high school football season kicked off, senior offensive guard David Dawson of Detroit Cass Tech was hungry. After transferring to Texas for one year and being forced to watch his friends and teammates win a division one state title without him, he returned to Detroit determined end his high school career in championship fashion. That’s exactly what Dawson and the Technicians did.
“It feels great,” said Dawson. “I missed a year last year playing down in Texas and I came back and got to play with my fellow class mates and got a win in the state championship. But my hard work has paid off since like ninth grade so it feels great and I’m up here with a lot of good people.”
“I mean, fourteen weeks? That was pretty hard. But we just went in day in, day out, stayed humble, stayed disciplined and stayed coachable and we got the job done.”
Dawson’s play on the offensive line for Cass Tech was nothing short of impressive as holes were consistently created for a ground attack led by sophomore running back Mike Weber. The nasty streak Dawson employs on every play was very evident; but he feels his game expanded beyond that.
“I would probably say my technique and double team blocks and stuff like that,” said Dawson. “Trying to move better in space and I had a stress fracture earlier this year so my movement was kind of limited. Another thing I would say is leadership along the line. I felt like in tough games I became a leader and told my line what we had to do and got it done. I remember one game we rushed for like 400 yards and we needed that game to stay in the playoffs so we got that done and that was great.”
In the middle of Cass Tech’s run at back-to-back state crowns, Dawson found himself dealing with as much off the field as he was on it. Having been committed to Michigan since the spring, Dawson was toying with the idea of taking a few visits south. As he explained, it was nothing personal, just something he felt like he needed to do.
“During that process I was going through a lot,” said Dawson. “My dad passing. I just wanted to get away from Michigan. It was not the program, it was just the state and I just wanted to get away and explore… and I see football as my way. Getting free trips, going down there and seeing different things. Definitely I wouldn’t say it was anything against the program at Michigan or any of the players …it was just that I was dealing with a lot and I just wanted to get away.”
“I told the coaches that over the past few weeks. We’ve been talking and recently they told me they’d like me to be back at Michigan, so that was a great feeling for them to say that and for them to give me another chance.
“They just didn’t (just) like that I played football well, they like my attitude and my personality and that I could definitely be a good thing for the University of Michigan,” said Dawson. “That’s pretty much all that went into it. I talked to Coach Hoke. I had a great conversation with him. It lasted for like a (while), so we talked about a lot. I called my position coach, the running back coach, and Coach Heck the wide receiver coach. I talked to all of the offensive coaches on that staff, it was just a great feeling when they reoffered me.”
“I’m definitely looking at going to the University of Michigan this weekend --- I’m not going to commit --- but I’m definitely going to enjoy that visit with the commits that are already up there and the ones that I’ve known.”