Dawson makes move and is happy about it

Last year we profiled S Hilton Dawson (6-2, 215) and he was being courted by several programs to play this coming fall. Things didn't work out for him to sign this spring, so he transferred from Cerritos College to El Camino and he's already getting interest from several of those same schools. We spoke to him at the Citrus combine this past weekend and here's what he had to say.

"I'm just out here competing and having fun," Dawson said while waiting for the one-on-one drills to start. "I'm having fun with my new teammates and we're all getting to know one another pretty well."

As mentioned before, Dawson spent the 2006 season at Cerritos where he posted solid numbers – 70 tackles, three interceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

"I left (Cerritos) because El Camino is all about competition and I just felt like they could help me move on to the next level," Dawson said. "It's nothing against Cerritos at all. I enjoyed my time there, but I was supposed to go to El Camino out of high school, but things didn't work out for me to do that."

Dawson was a full-qualifier out of Dominguez High School in Los Angeles, but he didn't get his clearance from the NCAA until late in the year so he felt going the JC-route was his best chance to get better and eventually earn a scholarship to a four-year school.

As far as recruiting is concerned, Dawson has several suitors already knocking on his door.

"Nebraska, Arizona State, Arizona, California, Boise State and Washington have all been recruiting me pretty hard," Dawson said. "Cal likes me at linebacker, but everyone else seems to like me at strong safety and that's where I feel most comfortable.

"I'm going to head up to Washington and Boise this summer to check those programs out and see how things are up there. I'm like brothers with Brandon Johnson and he's at U-Dub so that's a big plus for me and I love their DB coach (J.D. Williams) so that helps out too."

Even though he's a pretty accomplished player, Dawson said he still has work to do.

"I'm working on my hips and my change of direction speed," Dawson said. "That's a big key for a DB. We have to change direction quickly so we can break on balls and, I think I do that pretty well already, but you can always get better."

Dawson plans to leave in December and will have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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