Signing Day Spotlight
Dawson Deaton, Center/Guard, Frisco (Texas)
Size: 6-5, 297
Recruiting: Deaton committed in Feb. 2016 to Texas Tech and remained committed to the Red Raiders throughout the remainder of his recruitment, which ended early as he enrolled in Lubbock for the spring semester.
Rankings: Scout ranks Deaton as the No. 3 center prospect in the state of Texas' 2017 recruiting class and the No. 9 center nationally in this cycle. He could potentially play anywhere guard-to-guard in college.
Dawson Deaton is a big-bodied interior line prospect who is very physical at the point of attack and thrives in the run game. He can improve his lateral agility as he prepares for pass-blocking assignments at the P5 level, but his ability to win "phone booth" matchups in the run game will help him adjust to college football. Deaton is strong, plays with a mean streak, and plays through the whistle. He's accustomed to Class 5A competition in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, so he's played against quality high school competition. -- Gabe Brooks
- Drive-blocking skills
Areas to Improve
- Body control/balance
- Pass pro consistency
- Quickness off the ball