Three star cornerback Lamar Dawson out of St. Rita in Chicago (IL) was originally going to make a decision at the end of June. However, he pushed things back in order to take some visits. The first trip was to Illinois.
"It was good," Dawson recalled. "It's a big campus. Definitely a lot of space. The coaches are cool. I just went because it was basically one of the places I wanted to go before I made a decision. I'm just waiting now. I know they want to offer me but I'm just waiting now. I've been in contact with them and stuff."
Next on the list is Syracuse. Though an official date is still in process, he says it will be sometime soon.
"I'm still in the process of doing that," Dawson admitted. "I know it's going to be this month. I've got to talk to my dad about when's a good time to go. I know it's definitely this month. They've been recruiting me very hard. I would say Syracuse is my number one school. There's a good chance I commit during my visit."
There are a couple other schools involved as well, but neither appears to be much of a threat to the Orange.
"There's Cincinnati as well," the three star corner said. "That's about it. I mean I still hear from Central Michigan. Their slots for DBs are filled but they said they'd still take me. I don't really want to go there."
Another school that was involved with Dawson early was Michigan State. However, that interest has subsided due to his inability to attend a camp.
"The situation was that I had to go to camp and work out a little bit, then I would firm up that offer that I could commit to," Dawson claimed. "I sprained my ankle at the Nike Camp before that. So I wasn't a hundred percent. I didn't want to go up there and waste anybody's time so I just stayed home.
"I wasn't one hundred percent so I didn't want to do anything that would hurt me for the season and prolong this injury. They're pretty much out of it. They really needed me to come to camp and I just couldn't because of the injury."
Dawson says right now, he is completely focused on Syracuse.
"I'm probably, most likely, going to commit to Syracuse when I go up there to visit," Dawson declared. "I really haven't focused on other schools as much to be honest. I'm pretty set on that."
The reason Dawson is so high on Syracuse is the relationships he's established with both the coaching staff and current commits. He says being able to do with that without meeting them in person tells him all he needs to know about what Syracuse is all about.
"Just throughout the recruiting process, even though I haven't been up there, you can see who's really interested in you," Dawson said. "Just the way they go about recruiting you. I mean, a lot of schools offer you but don't stay in contact. It's just not a normal relationship with Syracuse. They shoot me emails and we message back and forth on Facebook. I feel like I'm pretty close to them.
"If you can feel close to someone without even meeting them in person, it's special. Getting close to all of them without even meeting them, it stood out to me. Even the people that are committed there already seeing how fired up they are about Syracuse. It just seems like that's a great place to be."