Dawson Talks Irish Offer, Possible Visit

Tucker (Ga.) High defensive end Josh Dawson recently picked up an offer from Notre Dame, which will visit his school today to watch spring practice. Dawson spoke to IrishEyes.com about the offer, and discusses his connection to the Notre Dame program as well as his plans for trimming his list and visiting South Bend, Ind.

Tucker High (Ga.) defensive end Josh Dawson had an inkling Notre Dame was going to offer him a scholarship. He just wasn't expecting it so soon.

However, Dawson said the Irish extended him an offer two days ago.

"I knew Notre Dame was looking at me, but I didn't know they were going to offer this early," the 6-foot-4, 226-pound Dawson said. "Coach (Chuck) Martin was at the school two weeks ago watching me work out, and he said he was going to bring my film back to Notre Dame, and (Sunday) they contacted me and said they were going to offer me and would be at the high school for my practice (today)."

Dawson's knowledge of the Irish is limited.

"I really don't know that much," he said. "I know it used to be a national (power) and everyone wanted to go to Notre Dame. One of the players from Tucker goes there, Jamoris Slaughter."

The four-star Dawson holds nearly 20 offers, and already visited South Carolina, Georgia, Georgia Tech, UCF and Vanderbilt. He is yet to visit Notre Dame.

"I plan on going up there," he said. "Hopefully, it will be in the summer. But, if not, definitely in the fall."

Given those comments, it appears the Irish will make Dawson's first cut of schools, which should be coming out soon.

"I plan on doing that after this Saturday, when I have my spring game," Dawson said. "After that I'll talk about it with my family."

An interesting aspect of Dawson's recruitment is the way programs will utilize him. It depends on the defensive system each program runs.

"Most of the schools are recruiting me as an outside linebacker in a 3-4, or a defensive end in a 4-3," he said. "It doesn't matter which I play. As long as I'm on defense, I'm good."

Tucker plays a 3-3-5 defense, which allows Dawson to showcase his athleticism and versatility. He made 44 tackles and had 13 ½ sacks as a junior.

"I'm standing up sometimes," he said. "Sometimes I'm in a stance. I'm really a defensive end, but coach gives me enough freedom to do what I need to do to get it done."

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