Big Offseason for Dawkins

2014 Westlake (Calif.) Oaks Christian quarterback Brandon Dawkins has emerged as a team leader and top prospect. Look inside for more on his first offer and offseason plans.

Blessed with great size, a strong arm and a good athleticism, it is no secret why Westlake (CA) Oaks Christian quarterback Brandon Dawkins is one of the top young quarterbacks on the West Coast.

As a sophomore in 2011, the talented signal-caller passed for 2,844 yards and 31 touchdowns, while leading the Lions to the CIF-SS Northern Division Championship Game.

He also caused headaches for opposing defenses with his feet, rushing for 344 yards and seven scores.

"I call myself a dual threat. I'm not the fastest guy but I can escape and run the ball and gain some yards as well as throw the ball down the field and throw it on target."

After the departure of legendary coach Bill Redell and the graduation of a talented senior class, Dawkins has been hard at work with his new teammates.

"We have a lot of young guys are getting reps and learning the system," Dawkins said. "We are trying to get better for the season."

This offseason has been very special for Dawkins, not just because he is emerging as a team leader at Oaks Christian, but because he recently landed his first scholarship offer, coming from one of the most historic programs in the country.

"It's always big to get your first offer," Dawkins said. "Its even bigger to get a D-1 offer, and then even bigger to get it from Notre Dame. It's such a big, good program."

The offer was a pleasant surprise for the 6-4, 205-pound passer, and will certainly be the first of many.

"It was really exciting because I didn't really have any contact with them and didn't know it was coming in," said Dawkins. "It was very excited when I got the offer.

"I think I'm going to try and make it up to Notre Dame during our dead period in July, so I can meet the coaches and see the campus."

Dawkins is also hearing from several other top programs from around the country.

"Alabama is showing me a lot of interest and sending me a lot of letters," Dawkins said. "UCLA is too and I will be at USC's camp next Sunday so I will try and talk to the coaches and see what they say."

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