Dawson, originally a receiver out of Dallas Skyline in the 2011 class, played linebacker for the Cardinals as a freshman. The 6-foot-2, 225-pounder with 4.5 speed recorded 47 tackles, 2 sacks and led the team with 7 tackles for loss. He also had two fumble recoveries.
TCU entered the picture over the spring after catching an up close glimpse. Two days ago Dawson visited TCU's campus and an offer was officially extended. Dawson didn't wait long to make a commitment, choosing the Frogs over another offer from UNLV.
Dawson says TCU's program and academic prestige were the biggest factors that led him to commit.
"My biggest reason was the program and academics," Dawson said of his commitment to TCU. "I know I'll be successful whether I'll be in the league or in my career. I was there two days ago, I've been to TCU a few times, I really like it there. It's a supporting community.
"I met with Coach P (Patterson), he was talking about the intensity I have on the field and he's ready for me to get there."
Dawson will report to TCU on June 3rd and was in the process of filling out his national letter of intent on Wednesday. His addition will add immediate depth at linebacker, or even the chance to start.
TCU coach Gary Patterson said the only consistent player at the position during the spring was senior Kenny Cain. Former walk-ons Danny Heiss and Joel Hasley worked with the second team defense most of the spring. 2011 signee Laderice Sanders was also moved to fullback late in the spring.
Immediate playing time was something that has been brought up to Dawson.
"They expect me to come in and try to start," he said.
What does Dawson feel his best strengths are?
"It's just my instincts, I can get to the ball fast and I love making plays," he said.