Dawson becomes first in family to sign

Lamar Dawson has battle a disease which left his ability to play football in doubt. The Syracuse coaches stuck by him, and he was able to sign on Wednesday.

Chicago (Ill.) St. Rita cornerback Lamar Dawson has been battling aplastic anemia. The disease left his football future in doubt, but the Syracuse coaches stuck with him. They assured Dawson that his scholarship offer would be there regardless so that he could focus on getting better.

Dawson is now on the road to recovery, but still had a nice moment on Wednesday when he signed his letter of intent. He is more likely to join the Orange in January 2015 than during the summer.

"It means a lot," Dawson said. "I'll be the first in my family to sign a letter of intent. It's very emotional."

Throughout his medical ordeal, the Syracuse coaches assured Dawson that they were not going to abandon him. That assurance has helped the three-star corner feel more better about his future.

"It makes me feel great," Dawson said. "I feel a bit more comfortable to know I'll have a home in Syracuse next year. I can't wait to get there. I can't wait to meet all the guys."

Despite his setback, Dawson is still as confident as ever in his abilities.

"I want to make an impact as soon as possible," Dawson said. "I want to start as a true freshman and make a bowl game every year I'm there."

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