Ducks Make Contact With Dawson

The Ducks have established a Midwest pipeline the last couple of recruiting cycles and continuing the flow of talent westward appears to be a priority, as Detroit (MI) Cass Tech offensive lineman David Dawson was recently contacted by a member of the Oregon coaching staff.

Do you currently have an offer from Oregon?

"No, but I have spoken with coach (Steve) Greatwood in the last couple of days and he said he liked my film, so I think that's a good sign...He said to stay in touch and to keep calling him and that he looks forward to building a relationship with me."

Was that the first time you spoke with coach Greatwood?

"Yes sir."

What is it about Oregon that stands out to you when you consider them as a potential option?

"The offense and how quickly they score and how explosive it is. The coaches...the coaches are going to play a big part and the coaches are cool. [Cass Tech] has a corner out there -- Dior Mathis -- and he has a lot of good things to say about Oregon. I'm going to try to get out there if I can and see the campus and meet the other coaches."

How close are you with Dior?

"I talk to him every once in awhile. He's a busy man, but when he comes up here, I talk to him and when he comes back on break, he comes up to the school. I talk to him periodically on Facebook [too], but other than that, that's about it."

You played down in Texas last season before moving back to Michigan. What was that experience like and what was the reason for the move down there?

"I moved down there in February and I already knew I was coming back. I went down there for my mom -- she went down there for a temporary job in a new division for her company -- so I already knew I was coming back to Cass. But playing down in Texas, I learned a lot from the coaches...they taught me a lot. It was a great experience playing down there and playing in the stadiums and playing against great competition."

How would you describe yourself as a player?

"I think I'm a good offensive lineman, but there's always room for improvement, so I would never say I'm a great offensive lineman. I'm good at pass blocking and my run blocking has improved since going down to Texas because that's mostly what [our offense] did. They taught us a lot of technique down there, so that has improved. I'm real aggressive and I like to hit other guys. I like pulling and catching the linebacker or the defensive back when they don't see you coming and you hit ‘em."

Is there a guy at the collegiate or professional level that you try to pattern your game after?

"Not really. I do watch the football games and try to see what I can do with my game and see how they handle different rushes off the end with speed rush, or defensive backs and what they're doing, and what teams are doing in the run game, but that's it. There's no one [I look up to]."

What are you looking for in a program?

"Education, program stability, coaches, the campus life, how the life athletes interact with each is there a lot of sections on the team or are they close and all that. That's about it. Location isn't big for me right now. I don't care where I play, as long as I play."

Have you given any thought as to what you might want to study in college?

"Right now, no, but I was looking at sports broadcasting and that's about it. Anything to do with sports, maybe law or something like that, but I don't know."

What offers do you currently have right now?

"I have 11. I just received one tonight, but I can't say anything until they get my transcripts tomorrow, so it's 12, but right now I can only say 11: Eastern Michigan, Florida State, Syracuse, Indiana, Baylor, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Arkansas, Oklahoma State...there's two more, but I'm forgetting."

Is there anyone out there that hasn't offered yet, but that you've been speaking with regularly?

"The schools I have talked to that haven't offered me yet are: Ohio State, Alabama, Oregon -- they like my film, LSU I spoke with, Texas...Those are all the schools I've talked to on a regular basis but that haven't offered me yet."

As far as camps, unofficial visits, and Junior Days go, where have you been and where do you plan on going over the next few months?

"I have been to Michigan, I've been to Ohio State, I've been to Tennessee, and I've been to Alabama and right now, I'll probably take most of my visits in the spring or in the summertime -- maybe spring ball. Right now, it's up in the air where I'm going, but I'm going to try to get to all of them. I want to see what all of them have to offer."

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