No Rush

Eventually, Sheldon Dawson will have a decision to make. But don't expect that decision to come anytime soon.

The Memphis, Tenn., product is hearing from numerous college coaches and recruiters, including many from the Southeastern Conference. Another SEC school, Georgia, has recently begun to show significant interest, though the Bulldogs haven't offered yet.

"It's still going the same," Dawson said of his recruitment. "I'm pretty much hearing from the same people. I've been hearing from Georgia lately. They're talking about offering me when I come down to their camp. Cincinnati, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Arkansas and Vanderbilt, they've been hitting me up a lot."

Dawson plans to attend a summer camp at Georgia in mid-July. He visited Ole Miss earlier this month, one of his many camp stops over the last few weeks. And he has a few more scheduled.

Sheldon Dawson
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"I've been everywhere, except I've got to go to Vanderbilt and Tennessee," he said. "I've already been to Arkansas and Cincinnati, but I feel like once I get back from Georgia, I should have a good idea of what I want to do."

Dawson has long named Ole Miss his leader, the 5-foot-10, 170-pound Dawson saying as early as June 6 the Rebels were "still at the top" of his list of schools.

Ole Miss even secured a commitment from Dawson's teammate, running back Jaylen Walton, a few days later.

"That plays a part, ‘cause we both started with Ole Miss together," Dawson said of Walton's commitment. "They was one of the top schools. He has a lot to do (with a potential decision)."

Most assumed Dawson, of Ridgeway High School, would follow suit, but he didn't. Instead, he is now likely to wait out the recruiting process for a little while longer and allow other schools to give a pitch for his services.

"I was planning to commit (to a school) before the season, but I'm not sure yet," he said.

Dawson rushed for 1,108 yards and 14 touchdowns on 53 carries as a junior last season. He will play some wide receiver as a senior. "I'm trying to lead the team in receiving," he said. However, most schools are primarly recruiting Dawson as a defensive back.

"I'm kind of comfortable with it, but I'm not all the way comfortable with it," he said of defensive back. "But it's cool. I mean, I can always do good on offense. I'm just trying to get my defense up to par."

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