Goodbye: David Dawson

Submitted by Wolverine Devotee on October 14th, 2012 at 1:19 PM

Per Sam Webb

Hearing that #Michigan has parted ways with Detroit Cass Tech David Dawson. Digging on it now. Stay tuned for more details

Have we have lost our pipeline edge in Cass Tech? Batten down the hatches.

History of Michigan recruting Cass Tech-

Player Pos Class Team
Vernon Gholston DE 2004 Ohio
Joseph Barksdale DT 2007 LSU
Boubecar Cissoko CB 2008 Michigan
Will Campbell DT 2009 Michigan
Thomas Gordon S 2009 Michigan
Teric Jones RB 2009 Michigan
Dior Mathis CB 2010 Oregon
Delonte Hollowell DB 2011 Michigan
Royce Jenkins-Stone LB 2012 Michigan
Terry Richardson CB 2012 Michigan

Current Cass Tech players-

David Dawson OL 2013 Offered
Jourdan Lewis CB 2013 Michigan (Verbal Commit)
Damon Webb CB 2014 Offered



Jack Daniels

October 14th, 2012 at 1:29 PM ^

Looks like some more 2014 offers will be going out to o-linemen. In good shape for Cole, Doles, Hendren, Devers, and Ward. Should be another solid class in the trenches.

ND Sux

October 14th, 2012 at 3:12 PM ^

in fact I'm seeing it as a positive.  Don't misunderstand, I wish we still had Mr. Dawson coming to Michigan, and I wish him the best wherever.  The positive part is the coaches are keeping to their word...if you're not committed, then buh bye.  Keeping your word and sticking to your principles pays dividends in many many ways down the road. 

Kudos to the coaches, and best of luck DD. 


October 14th, 2012 at 1:35 PM ^

They could always reach out to a couple of linemen, but you would think that those linemen have been building relationships with the schools they've committed too. Notre Dame has several commits with Michigan offers as well, so if they want another O-Lineman they can always reach out and there are 4 months to get in someone's ear...


October 14th, 2012 at 1:43 PM ^

Clearly the kid really wants to go to be it. If he would rather head to Florida/Carolina then the in-state rivalry this weekend then that is all you need to know about where he seems to have his heart set on.

Raback Omaba

October 14th, 2012 at 1:44 PM ^

I'm past the stage of worrying about recruits. Michigan will always recruit well - losing a player here or there is not going to kill this program. Hoke and Co. are building a dynasty here.

Just think - guy's like Jake Ryan and Des Morgan were about as heralded as me coming out of High School.


Michigan will be strong.


October 14th, 2012 at 2:14 PM ^

Yes, but as you're seeing with MSU this year, if you want to sustain success year after year, you do need to have some elite recruits. I agree that it's not as important considering the other commitments we have, but it's very hard to build an elite, dynastic type program without elite recruiting. This one decommitment doesn't hurt as much as it might have in the past, but you can't rely on sleepers alone.


October 14th, 2012 at 1:46 PM ^

Well we knew there would be a decommitment or two.  Best of luck to him and at least it's not Ohio or MSU.

Still...............fuck the SEC and ESPN's endless hyping of it.

Curious to see who the coaches will line up to replace him on the line.


October 15th, 2012 at 1:20 AM ^

A conference with a less annoying fanbase for a start. I also find it a little annoying that guys who probably would have signed with UM in past years get their heads turned by the possibility of playing S-E-C Footbaw!!!(Diamond and Dawson both being examples).

I get the SEC has good teams but between the S-E-C chants and the Yankees-Red Sox type coverage it gets, I'm over it.


October 14th, 2012 at 1:45 PM ^

UM needs to revisit this policy.  If a kid commits, then wavers and wants to take other visits, UM shouldn't "part ways."  They should just classify the kid as going from committed to uncommitted, and continue recruiting him.  I post not to pontificate, but rather to see if someone can enlighten me as to why this is an errant approach.


October 14th, 2012 at 1:49 PM ^

There is some confusion as to what this policy is...I actually thought that we would continue to recruit DD, but he is still uncommitted. The wording being put out now, although early, seems to mirror the Pharoah Brown incident more. Does anyone know for sure what the policy is?

I Like Burgers

October 14th, 2012 at 3:35 PM ^

I think its the "you're dead to us" approach to the decommitment aspect that bothers most people.  If it was more of a "you're no longer committed, and your spot is now open for others, but we'd still love to have you in the class" it would be one thing.  But that doesn't seem to be the way its working.  I mean, they went from he's committed to "I want to look around" to "LOL, bye foeva!!" all because he wanted to visit another school.  

I mean, if the coaches wanted him in the first place, and there's not much in the way of upgrades or adequate replacements, why not just take the decommitment, tell him to check out some other schools, and then keep recruiting him?  Seriously, what's the harm in that?


October 16th, 2012 at 11:14 AM ^

The harm would be that they have told other recruits that if they commit and want to visit somewhere else, they are not coming to Michigan. And seeing that they have enforced that policy with others (an assumption) they are not going to be hypocritical now and allow someone to do it because they are the #1 OG in the country. Character matters to them. They need to trust their players. They want a family attitude and you can't build a strong family when you are worrying about  someone not being fully committed to the family. I am having a hard time understanding why so many people think it is so wrong to expect a 17-18 year old to honor his committment. 

LSA Aught One

October 14th, 2012 at 1:49 PM ^

Michigan wants to solidify as much of the class as possible, as early as possible. If the "I'm committed, but not really" approach is allowed, you can end up stranded at the altar on signing day. If you are coming to Michigan, then commit. If you are unsure, we can't promise that your spot will be here.

A Dude

October 14th, 2012 at 1:49 PM ^

It sends the message. Sucks he is gone and will miss him in this class, but they have their policy. They are honest with the recruits and stick to their philosophy.

Only commit if you are sure and of you commit then waver, they can't hold your spot anymore. They base their numbers on the recruit so if he leaves once why count on him again.

Sextus Empiricus

October 14th, 2012 at 1:54 PM ^

What does a verbal commit  mean if you do this?  The policy is good as is...explain to the recruit what it means to verbal and hold him to it.... Mich precludes other offers when they take verbals.  The policy makes sense to me.  This just happens...if a recruit wants to reconsider on signing day and there is room  - that is another matter.


October 15th, 2012 at 12:58 AM ^

I can understand this, but it works both ways.  If we didn't have this policy, perhaps Derrick Green or Quon would have committed already.  I know if I were a blue chip this policy would make me hold off as late as possible so I could enjoy taking visits elsewhere just for the ass kissing.  What 17 year old wouldn't want that from blue chip programs?


October 15th, 2012 at 7:34 AM ^

This policy gets to the core of Hoke's recruiting.   If you want to be at Michigan badly enough and the staff sees something, he will accept your commitment.  This gets you the die hard players.  The guys that bleed maize and blue, the non waivers.  Bosch, LTT, Fox, and others believe in Michigan.  Only kids that have wavered are Conley and Dawson.  You get kids who are all in.

Not that Green and Treadwell are not all in.  They will make their choice and be great players for UM or not.  But, you get a great core believing in Michigan. 

At first, I didnt like the policy.  I thought we would become more regional of a school.  It is expensive to fly out to Ann Arbor from different areas of the country.  I also thought that we would miss on top prospects who wanted to wait.  Now, I like it.  You give the school your word.  Hoke give you his word. 


October 14th, 2012 at 1:50 PM ^

Oh man, this is the end of the world. We will only have 15 Top 100 Offensive linemen on the team now.

Another thing, I wonder how long "Wolverine Devotee" will keep that signature for....