|Detroit (MI) Cass Tech offensive guard David Dawson (left, #55) committed to Michigan today|
Rivals: 4-star OT, #199 overall
247 Sports: 4-star OT, 90 grade, #28 OT
Dawson is a 6'5", 305 lb. kid whom I see as an offensive guard rather than tackle. He claims a 325 lb. bench press and a 5.4-second forty. He spent his junior season in Texas playing at Cy-Ridge High School, but he transferred back to Detroit after football season ended and will play his senior year for the Technicians.
Dawson shows impressive footwork at times, and he shows a good understanding of protection schemes. You can tell that he has worked extensively on pass blocking, and I also liked that he shows chemistry with his teammates. There are some combo blocks that he works very nicely. He also shows the ability to give a good initial punch.
Unfortunately, this is the first commit of the day that leaves a little bit of a sour taste in my mouth. Despite the offers from big-time schools such as Alabama and Florida State, I think Michigan may have jumped the gun a little early on Dawson. In my opinion, he's not the elite prospect that some of Michigan's other targets are (such as Ethan Pocic, Chris Fox, etc.). Not that Dawson's commitment will necessarily prevent the Wolverines from grabbing those guys, but it does constrict the window a little bit. Dawson stands up high too often, and when he's not pulling or pass blocking, he tends to get lazy with his footwork. His base gets too narrow and he's passive. He seems content with just trying to push a guy around with his upper body. He's not a great athlete, but he moves well enough to be a an FBS player. I'm just not sure that the nastiness is there to finish blocks, drive guys into the ground, or get up to the next level.
Dawson's commitment gives the Wolverines seven commits for the class of 2013. He's also the ninth Cass Tech Technician to commit to Michigan since 2008 (Boubacar Cissoko).