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this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
According to multiple outlets, Trotwood (OH) Madison cornerback Reon Dawson, a high school teammate of Mike McCray, has committed to Michigan. Dawson, previously an Illinois commit, is the 26th commitment of the 2013 class, joining Ross Douglas, Jourdan Lewis, and Channing Stribling among cornerbacks. Informative update coming tomorrow.
UPDATE, of the informative variety:
|3*, #64 CB||3*, NR CB||3*, 77, #41 S||3*, 84, #82 CB|
Coming from a powerhouse program in Trotwood-Madison—in addition to McCray, the Rams produced Ohio State commit Cam Burrows and Illinois commit Jarrod Clements this year—means Dawson is well-scouted. The four services all have him squarely in the three-star range, with only ESPN evaluating him as a safety. All but ESPN (6'1", 175) list him at 6'2", 175 pounds—Dawson continues the trend of Michigan targeting bigger corners.
The general consensus on Dawson is that he's a talented prospect with a great frame, but also very much a project. Scout's Dave Berk gave a quick breakdown of his game last summer ($):
The first thing that jumps out about Dawson is his length. At 6-foot-2, Dawson needs to add weight if he expects to compete in the Big Ten. Nevertheless, he’s got above average feet along with the ability to flip his hips, turn and run with receivers out of his back pedal. He is raw, but his upside is extremely high to develop into a solid player at the college level.
Rivals's Josh Helmholdt saw similar potential last summer as Dawson improved at the more technical aspects of the position ($):
Dawson has come a long way since his junior season, even since last spring when we saw him at the VTO Cincinnati camp. Dawson has always had great speed, and at 6-foot-2, 175 pounds he has great length for the cornerback position, but now he is starting to show the instincts and fluidity to play the spot.
While Dawson's physical tools are widely praised, his technique and play recognition repeatedly appear as areas in need of improvement. Here's 247's Clint Brewster($)...
Improvements: Dawson is a raw/untapped prospect that has the athleticism to be a big time college football cornerback. Dawson might need a year in the weight room to add muscle, which will help him make plays in the run game. As Dawson gets more comfortable with the cornerback position, he will be able to react quicker to plays and recognize routes faster, which is an area of improvement.
...and Scout's Ryan Easterling ($):
Technique will be the main focus for Dawson. His athleticism can only take him so far, and he’ll need to refine the technical side of his game to become a more complete corner. With that, he’ll need to make more crisp breaks on the ball when jumping routes and adjusting to his receiver’s routes.
Dawson only started playing organized football a few years ago, which helps explain why he's still developing in these areas. ESPN's evaluation echoes those same concerns about technique and instincts, suggesting safety may be a better position for him at the collegiate level ($) [emphasis mine]:
What stands out about Dawson is his quick feet, smooth hips and very good top end speed. When you consider his height, you have an appreciation for how well he moves. Shows fluid, smooth footwork carrying vertical routes out of his pedal and zone turn. ... He is a strong and reliable open field tackler who breaks down well in space for a tall corner. ... High-points the football and flashes good leaping and ball skills. While he effectively presses receivers off the line with his long arms, he does lose a little in transition when opening to turn and run. Recovery speed is good, not great and he does better playing the ball in front of him with some cushion. Dawson could develop into a man-to-man cover corner at the next level, but his skills and speed are more suited as a zone defender. Still has some room for good physical development while keeping his excellent range making safety a strong possibility.
If Dawson proves he can turn and run with college wide receivers while also adding the weight he'll need to hold up in the run game, he should be able to stick at corner. If not, he could develop into a rangy safety, though his size won't be as much of an asset there as it would be at corner.
The evaluations paint a pretty clear picture of Dawson—he's got the athletic tools needed to be a good cover corner, but needs work to get there. If he puts it all together, at his size, he could be a big-impact player; the question is if he can progress quickly enough to work his way above more polished players on the two-deep.
Dawson held offers from Arizona, Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Pitt, Purdue, Vanderbilt, Virginia, West Virginia, and a handful of MAC schools. He camped at Alabama and Ohio State but did not receive an offer from either school.
Dawson tallied 22 tackles, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery in his senior season, per the Greater Western Ohio Conference. As a junior, he had 18 tackles, a fumble recovery, and three interceptions.
FAKE 40 TIME
Rivals lists a 40 time of 4.4 seconds, while 247 has him at a 4.39—given the praise for his athleticism, that gets three FAKEs out of five.
Extensive senior film and cutups from both his junior and senior seasons can be found on Dawson's Hudl page.
PREDICTION BASED ON FLIMSY EVIDENCE
As the least-heralded among Michigan's four cornerback commits, not to mention the concerns about technique, Dawson is almost assured a redshirt year to gain weight and learn the finer points of playing corner—or, as it may be, to figure out if he's a corner or a safety. Should Dawson stick at corner, his bigger frame suggests he'll play on the boundary. The path to playing time won't be an easy one, not with three other corners in the class, but Dawson's size and ability to play safety or corner give him a good shot to find a home somewhere on the two-deep.
UPSHOT FOR THE REST OF THE CLASS
In all likelihood, Michigan will only take two more players in the class. One of those spots is reserved for VA RB Derrick Green, who's got Michigan as his leader and will choose a school on January 26th. Three other players hold offers and appear to have serious interest: CA OL Cameron Hunt, CO OL Dan Skipper, and TX TE Durham Smythe. Any one of those players could take the final spot, or—if the coaches decide they're set at O-line and Smythe goes elsewhere—we could see some late offers go out.
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Come on aboard, Reon!
Mr. Dawson. Go Blue!
of the Trotwood-Madisons are belong to us!
Except for, ya know, Cam Burrows...
I'm not just saying this because he's going to OSU, but I really think Burrows is overrated by a lot of the sites. I haven't been impressed with him at any point.
Nice, another Dawson comes to the good side.
What is better than 1 Dawson?
There's another Magnus troll? Didn't even use the right BG picture man.
This is how you know you've made it, Magnus. You're officially famous. This is a big moment. If you were a singer this would be like Weird Al doing one of your songs. Cheers!
This could be epic, but you'll have to work to keep it up.
I think it should be a "bizzaro Magnus" of sorts. You should be super optimistic about all things Michigan and really like every recruit we talk about.
Welcome to the group!
(Potter Puppet Pals)
Welcome to the family. Go Blue!
Glad to have you as part of Team 134!
Is he Samuelson's counterpart? Or do we stay buckled up?
His counterpart doesn't come until the 26th!
He was just waiting for the recruiting roundups to be posted before committing, lol
Jourdan Lewis to WR?
He could, or he could play both. If Lewis stayed as a corner I doubt any of the 3 others could challenge him in the Field Corner rotation. Tough to say which other DBs will emerge on top in a year or two.
Sorry pinche double post homies.
I'm bummed he doesn't have an Ohio offer. It is sweeter when Meyer doesn't get his way.
If he did, they "wouldn't have wanted him " anyway. /s
Cool 1st name, unique...I want to be at a U-M practice when one of the coaches yells, Mr. Dawson!! and both he and David look to see if it's them they're calling.
All of your Dawson's are belong to us!!!
You think that the coaches use "Mr." when they yell at players? That would be pretty formal. I imagine that's probably how the London Sillynannies run their practices.
I don't think there's that much formality in their practices either...
Ann Arbor =A2
DG + DG = DG2
Dawson + Dawson = D2
A2 X DG2 X Dawson2 = 2X2X2 (2 = squared)
16 = Denard
Denard = Dilithium
I see this kid as a ball-hunting-heatseeking-rabid Wolverine. Great height, speed and zone- read ability all seem to point to FS or lockdown corner.
Sorry to ruin your incredibly complex (/s) equation, but that's 2 cubed and it equals eight. BUT, multiply that by two because our commits come in pairs and, what do you know, dilithium.
I think the "x"s were meant to be "^"s, based on the parenthetical "2=squared" comment. 2 squared = 4, 4 squared = 16.
New new math
The size is really nice to have. I'm glad UM's secondary isn't full of 5'8 guys.
I like this Dawson kid a lot! 6 ft 2 corners !make me smile. Man ball on defense. Dawson had a ton of big schools looking at him....despite his lack of great offers. I think he is going to be a player. Get excited folks!
6'2, fast and good hips.
One of these guys is bound to be atleast all-big ten
Is there a chance he would end up at safety?
There's always a chance with someone of his size, but he's not a very adept tackler. I think it's more likely that he plays corner, unless his tackling improves tremendously.
I'm not the talent expert you are, Magnus, but that film shows a whole bunch of tackles that would be just attempted tackles in college. Reon is in serious need of coaching.
I like a CB listed at 6'1" ... can't wait for the complete Hello post with some more detail. I usually don't put too much stock on the ESPN write ups on recruits, but they don't have much bad to say about him except that he needs to develop a little more physically, which the college routine should do nicely. Great frame and good speed. Me likey.
OTish Side Bar:
New to following the recruiting process. I have a question on this class size. How do we get 28 people in a class? Did we have a lot of seniors leave? Is the the players who transfered who opened spots? Early enrollees? I thought there was a cap on it, and kind of question if this is possible oversigning (see ess-eee-see).
Anyone care to break this down for me a little?
Early Enrollees is the answer. Those who enroll in January are counted against the previous year (current year) up to a max of 3 per year. So Dymonte Thomas, Kyle Bosch, and Logan Tuley-Tillman don't count against the list who will sign on NSD. They've already started school, and are not added to the count. Adding 25 commitments in February 2013 brings us to 28 total, which iirc, is the max allowed by the Big 10.
All of the above. There are two limits, 85 schollies total, and 25 per signing class. Back in Feb when we were predicting 23 players, this was because of the 85 total limit. We had some attrition above what was (conservatively) assumed, so the 85 limit wasn't a concern anymore. Now we are bumping up against the 25 per signing class limit, however the Big Ten allows 3 players to be backdated to the prior class if they are early enrollees, provided the last class wasn't full too. We had 25 last year, but 3 were EEs that counted toward the 2011 class, leaving room for 3 from this class to backdate as EEs. So 28 is the hard limit for this class.