Byrnes High School in Duncan (SC) is loaded every year with FBS-caliber talent and that certainly appears to be the case yet again in 2014. The Rebels tore through everyone in front of them at a 7-on-7 tournament held at NC State recently.
One of Byrnes'top playmakers was rising junior wide receiver Chavis Dawkins. It was obvious early on that he was a prospect that the NC
State coaching staff had quite a bit of interest in as they shadowed
him around the Wolfpack practice fields. At 6-2, 185 pounds and
boasting 4.5-second speed in the 40-yard dash, Dawkins made catch
after catch, showing great consistency and the ability to use his
size to create space to make catches. Before the day was over NC
State had given the 2016 prospect his first offer.
Afterwards Dawkins talked about what his focus has been on as he
prepares for the upcoming season.
"It's going real good right now," said Dawkins. "We're just
practicing a lot, working out every day. We're just trying to get
better. We've been to two 7 on 7's and it seems like everyone has
their eye on us but the main thing for us is working on speed work
during the off season and just trying to get ready for the season."
It's very early in the recruiting cycle and Dawkins is just now
starting to land interest from college programs. Based on his recent
results at NC State it's a safe bet that attention will only
increase in the coming months. He talked about the teams he's
hearing from currently and some early thoughts on NC State.
"I've been hearing from South Carolina, Missouri and North Carolina.
State's been on me, and I would love to come here. They have good
facilities, and I like the field too. It's very nice. Coach Kitchings
said he's going to watch me and see what I've got."
Dawkins added what he thinks his strengths are on the football field.
"I think my strengths are my route running, my hands and my ability to make plays after the catch."
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