Dawes plans to further his career

Acadiana High School reached the pinnacle of the Louisiana prep football domain last month, wrestling the Class 5A title away from defending champ West Monroe in the Superdome. Offensive guard Cade Dawes was a huge factor in the Rams' run to the throne, and he hopes to continue his career on the next level.

"I don't know if I'll ever come down from the high of winning the state championship," said Acadiana offensive guard Cade Dawes. "I don't think it's actually hit me yet that we won. I guess it might sink in when we get our rings at the football banquet in March."

Dawes, who was recently named first-team all-state, was a key member of the best offensive line in Louisiana. He teamed with UL commit Nick Smith to open gaping holes all season long for a stable of AHS backs, and it's possible that Dawes will join Smith on the Cajuns' roster in the future.

"I'm sending out my highlight tape to a bunch of schools," he said. "I'm sending it to big colleges - just in case - and to all of the schools in Louisiana. If I don't get a scholarship somewhere, I'll probably walk-on at UL -- which is literally two minutes from my house.

"I like the way their new coaching staff is going after kids from our area, such as (Northside DT) Tyler Porter. They weren't really recruiting Tyler when Coach (Rickey) Bustle was there. When the new coaches arrived at UL, they came to our school and talked to Nick, Bakari Hollier, and Micah Eugene. They seem serious about keeping kids around here."

With Dawes and Smith leading the way last fall, Acadiana's veer offense was a machine that could not be halted. What's the secret to the Rams' success?

"It's just hard work," he said. "We just kept pushing it - pushing ourselves. We practiced hard."

Dawes is a workout warrior, having benched 375 pounds, squatted 495, incline pressed 315, and power cleaned 265. On top of that, he runs a surprisingly fast (4.8) time in the 40-yard dash and boasts a 30-inch vertical.

Scout's Take: At 5-foot-11 and 235 pounds, it's possible that Dawes could see action at inside linebacker or (if he bulks up) nose tackle in college. He overpowered some very good defensive tackles during his senior year, despite being outweighed at times by 70 pounds.

He's an intelligent, highly-motivated, and confident player who -- at a bare minimum -- would make for a fierce special teams warrior on the next level. With his strength and speed, though, it's possible that Dawes might walk-on somewhere and eventually play his way into a full scholarship.

-Josh Harvey-

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