2012 Intro: Nick Dawson

CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- Inside Carolina profiles junior Nick Dawson, a 6-foot-2, 216-pound linebacker from Berry Academy.

Scouting Report

"He's very versatile," Berry head coach Jonathan Simmons said. "You've got some kids that are good in coverage and some kids are just big hitters. He gives you a perfect blend of both. He can turn and run with a fast receiver – he actually has those types of hips. And because of his size, he's not afraid to come downhill and deliver the hit."

Prep Career

After recording 93 tackles and six interceptions as a sophomore, Dawson posted 113 tackles, five sacks, six forced fumbles, and an interception during his during season.

"We just ask him to use his big strong body to come down hill and make tackles," Simmons said. "… We ask him to man his gaps – control his gaps – and come downhill and fill... We ask him to drop into coverage [and] he blitzes."

Dawson also plays some fullback on offense.


Dawson reports offers from Clemson, Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, North Carolina, NC State, and Tennessee.

Up until a couple of weeks ago, Dawson claimed Clemson, Louisville, and NC State as his favorites. However, after a visit to UNC a couple of weekends ago for the basketball game against NC State, things have changed.

"I really loved the visit," Dawson said. "Now [all my schools] are all even.

"As soon as I got on campus [at UNC], I kept on getting compliments about how big I was and how the school just liked me a lot."

The recent visit to UNC, which was his second to the campus, also included a meeting with Tar Heel defensive coordinator Everett Withers.

"He took us through some plays, how they run their defense, and how their defense is basically the Titans' defense," Dawson said. "Everybody from that school, basically has a good chance of making it to the [National Football] League, because they run a pro-style defense."

Dawson has also visited Clemson, Kentucky, Louisville, and NC State. He will return to Kentucky on Feb. 26 and Clemson on March 5, and will make his first visit to Tennessee this Saturday.

Dawson only knows of one definite summer camp stop.

"I want to do Miami's camp, because they are interested but I don't have an offer and that's my dream school," Dawson said.

Miami is Dawson's dream school for one reason – Ray Lewis.

Dawson says that he and teammate Germone Hopper have discussed the possibility of continuing their football careers together.

"Germone is like my brother," Dawson said. "We're really close. We talk about [going to the same school] a lot."

Extra Notes

Outside of football, Dawson is part of Berry Academy's rugby and track and field teams. According to Dawson, he's ranked second in the state in rugby. In track and field, he participates in the shot put and discus.

Video provided by Jason Pughe of AthleteVault.com.

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