Dawson, Ducks Share Mutual Interest

eDuck Sports has reason to believe that four-star running back, Andre Dawson, of George Washington Senior HS in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is a target recruit for the Oregon coaching staff in 2010. Dawson was kind enough to spare some time and sit down with eDuck for a quick Q&A session.

Have you had any contact with Oregon?

"I get mail. [Mostly] information and how the schools works, stuff like that."

How often do you receive mail from Oregon?

"If not everyday, every other day."

What would you say your overall interest in Oregon is at this point?

"Oh, very high. I love Oregon."

Is there a particular reason?

"I like it because it's a big school, but it's [also] different. Their football program is really starting to step up and I like that a lot."

Have you visited Eugene before?

"No I haven't, but I'd like to go there though."

What about the team captures your interest?

"The coach is really good and I heard the running backs coach [Gary Campbell] is really good too. I also like that they had two running backs go for over 1,000 yards last year."

How would you describe yourself as a player?

"I'd describe myself as a tremendously physical runner. If I see the defender, I'm not going to try and go around him, I'm going to try and go right through him. I mean, I may not have the best ability to go sideways, but when I see a hole, I go forward and hit that open lane."

Would you compare yourself to anyone at the collegiate or professional level?

"Adrian Peterson is my favorite player. I'd say I have a running style like him."

What are you looking for in a program?

"I'm looking for a team that isn't focused on one player and is more about the whole team and one that has a good o-line for the running game."

Have you received any offers from other schools?

"I recently just got another offer from Kansas, but I have Iowa, Wisconsin, Illinois…the Iowa, Illinois, and Kansas ones are official offers and the Wisconsin one is a verbal."

Is anyone leading at this point?

"Leading? No I wouldn't say there is anyone leading right now. I'm just keeping my options open."

If Oregon were to offer, would they be among your top teams?

"Since I do like Oregon a lot, I'm pretty sure if they offered, they would be up there pretty much."

Are you planning on going to any camps this summer?

"No, I'm not planning on going to any camps. I'm just going to work out with my coach every day."

Are you planning on going to any "Junior Days"?

"I'm lined up to go to Kansas this weekend [February 21] and I'm going to Nebraska during the spring. I'm also going to make it down for Florida State."

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