"When the linebacker coach, [Art Kaufman], pulled me to the side and took me through some drills, it made me realize that North Carolina may really want me."
When he wasn't working out at camp, Dawson, a 6-foot-2, 222-pound linebacker from Charlotte (N.C.) Berry Academy, was enjoying the campus life of UNC.
"I just walked around at night," Dawson said. "I saw different stuff. We had a lot of fun and hung out with a lot of different people."
During dinner Friday and following the camp's final session on Saturday, Dawson had long conversations with Kaufman.
"He talked about what they're looking for in a linebacker," Dawson said. "But they have four linebackers committed, so I don't know if that's going to be the perfect fit for me. But I still have interest in them."
Despite the commitments, Dawson left Chapel Hill with a favorable impression of UNC.
"I liked my surroundings when I was up there," Dawson said. "It was like I felt safe up there. And it's like a football university."
Dawson says he doesn't have a favorite schools list, but a couple of programs are sticking out in his mind.
"I'm just trying to see every school and give everybody and equal opportunity," Dawson said. "Clemson and Louisville are the two schools that are ahead, but I don't really have a list."
Dawson, whose father lives in Louisville, attended the Cardinals' Camp over the weekend.
Besides Louisville and UNC, Dawson has visited Alabama, Clemson, Duke, Georgia, NC State, and Tennessee. He plans on visiting Oregon in early July.
Berry Academy teammates Kedrick Davis and Germone Hopper visited UNC with Dawson. During their stay, Davis, who also worked out at the camp, committed to UNC. In early April, Hopper pledged to Clemson.
"They both are both trying to get me to go to their schools," Dawson said.