Dawkins' most recent offer came from the South Carolina Gamecocks. He touched on the offer and talked about their status concerning his recruitment. "It's definitely a big offer but the only problem is that they offered me so late, but I am going to go down to the Florida game this weekend and check them out."
The Seminoles of Florida State are currently the leaders for Dawkins' commit and when asked if distance would have any effect on his decision he replied, "Not at all. I mean even though some people won't be able to make it to my games I know that they will still be supporting me wherever I decide to go."
Dawkins says his top five list currently stands as Florida State, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, North Carolina State, and Tennessee. With the Gamecocks getting a visit this weekend to take on Florida Dawkins will see what Steve Spurrier's team and program has to offer.
He has already taken visits to Florida State and Tennessee and asked to recap each visit and give a 1-10 rating (10 being the best) he said, "Florida State...I would definetly call it a 10 even with the loss. Tennessee...I would say a 7 just because they were 2 totally different kind of experiences. I kind of expected a little more out of the visit to Knoxville."
Being such a highly recruited prospect Dawkins says he won't play any games with schools that he's not highly interested in. "Well yeah I mean most colleges are still calling my coach trying to figure out where I stand in recruiting. I mean if I told them that I was seriously interested in their programs I probably would have many more offers but that's really not my aim. I'm not trying to lead anyone on."
Dawkins and the Rebels had a blowout in their last game but two weeks ago against Mauldin the Rebels had a tussle on their hands coming away with a close 41-31 win. "I would call the game against Mauldin a wakeup call. They definitely came out with more firepower than we thought they would. You know it was basically a lesson learned, never underestimate anyone."
His role is leader of the Rebels defense and it's a role Dawkins has embraced. Especially with two youngsters that line up next to him every Friday night who are just sophomores and appear to have D1 prospect written all over them. Brandon Willis and Corey Miller have started to make a name for themselves on the defensive line for the Rebels as well and Dawkins talked about his teammates. "Of course when you have two guys with so much potential and you know that they are young and you're the senior you have to take them under your wing. Me personally I felt like that because I know potential and plus next year when I'm gone they will know what I expect of them and every one else."
With his high school football career winding down as just the playoffs and various all-star games remain we asked Everett what kind of legacy he wanted to leave behind and be known for. "I believe the most important thing for me to hear is that I made a difference. You know I believe that anyone who made a difference is someone special." Given his tremendous play on the field, work in the classroom, and involvement in the community it's no wonder the 2008 prospect is one of the most liked players in the upstate to everyone that has come in contact with him.
SCPrepNation.com will continue to bring you the very latest on Everett Dawkins as he continues to lead Byrnes into the AAAA playoffs, suits up for SC in the Shrine Bowl, and ultimately makes a commitment to a lucky college football program with whom he will sign with.
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