Dawson received an offer form Northwestern this spring. But the Danville, Ky., native conceded in a conversation with Purple Reign that the Wildcats have been nixed from the mix."I told the coaches (at Northwestern) that it wasn't the place for me," Dawson said.
The 6-4, 230-pound Dawson is ranked by Scout as the No. 10 middle linebacker in the nation. He runs a 4.6 40 and last season recorded 176 tackles – including 23 for a loss – and nabbed two interceptions.Whatever he does on the field next season, he won't be bringing his services to Evanston.
"I just think they were ever going to dominate the Big Ten," said Dawson, who reports a 3.7 GPA and a 22 on the ACT. "They're more academics than football."While Northwestern was relatively early in offering Dawson, the number of schools vying for his services has recently ballooned. Oregon offered at the end of April; Florida offered on May 20.
Dawson listed Michigan, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisville, Cincinnati, Oregon, Florida and USC as the schools he is currently considering. He has visited Kentucky, Louisville, Cincinnati and Notre Dame, and plans to take more visits this summer.Dawson was Northwestern's fifth-highest ranked uncommitted prospect for 2011, and the top-ranked linebacker.
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