Dawson gives his thoughts on Tennessee visit

This coming season is Nick Dawson's fourth year as a starter for Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology in Charlotte, NC. He's picked up close to a dozen offers following another commendable performance in his junior season. Thus far, Dawson has only paid visits to three prospective colleges, but hopes to see more. See what he had to say about Tennessee.

This coming season is Nick Dawson's fourth year as a starter for Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology in Charlotte, NC. He's picked up close to a dozen offers following another commendable performance in his junior season. Thus far, Dawson has only paid visits to three prospective colleges, but hopes to see more.
"I've been to Clemson, Tennessee, and Louisville," Nick Dawson said. "I'm still very open. Every school I have an offer from, and some I may be receiving an offer from are still in the mix. I haven't crossed anybody off the list. My latest offer was from Miami, and I'm going to visit on June 11th."

Berry teammate, Gerome Hopper, committed to Clemson a couple of weeks ago. Dawson's father lives in Louisville. There's been some speculation those are Dawson's top two schools to beat for his signature. Dawson was recently in Knoxville with his father to check out the Volunteer spring game, and the fan support made quite an impression.

"The fans must have been there since 6:30," Dawson stated, "because we were there by 7:30, and the line was all the way around the building. What a great fan base.

"I got to speak to the recruiting coordinator, Terry Joseph, who seems like a great coach. He was up-front with me and seemed straight with what he told me about how I'd fit into the program. I never got the feeling he was lying to me about anything.

"Then I met Coach (Peter) Sirmon, who would be my position coach in college. Every thing I saw there made me think UT has a solid program."

For the third year in a row, Dawson, 6-3, 235, was named All-Conference and also All-Mecklenburg County. At middle linebacker, he made 103 tackles, three fumble recoveries, two pass breakups, and one interception. The Cardinal coaching staff also used Dawson at running back where he rushed for 350 yards and five touchdowns on the season with an additional 100 yards receiving.

"I'm growing up fast," Dawson said. "Every year I play I feel I grow more as a football player with the experience. This was my third year as a starter on varsity. I've learned a lot, but next year I'm going to go for my best season. My goal is to play better, continue to learn and help the team win a state championship."

The Cardinal had a a good season in '10 finishing 11-3 and making it to the third round of the 2AA playoffs. In the football off-season, Dawson qualified for state in the shot put and the discus. He's also planning a busy summer.

"I going to camps at Clemson, Louisville, N.C. State, Tennessee, and Georgia," Dawson said of his summer undertaking. "There's no time-frame on making a decision. I'm going to take it as it comes. I'd like to go somewhere with a family atmosphere, good fans, an excellent tradition, and how I fit into their defensive scheme."

Dawson reports he's doing well in the classroom and is looking at Electrical Engineering and Sports Medicine as possible college majors. In addition to Clemson, Tennessee, Louisville, and Miami, Dawson also holds offers from Auburn, Kentucky, Illinois, Maryland, North Carolina, N.C. State, and Vanderbilt.

Dawson wears No. 32 for the Phillip O. Berry Cardinal football team.

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