January 11, 2012

Dawson getting plenty of interest

It's the time of year where college programs are not only looking to wrap up the current recruiting class but are looking to get a head start on the next cycle. Because of that, coaches are hitting the road and stopping in at as many high schools as possible to check on the rising junior talent. For Pataskala (Ohio) Licking Heights product Ronnie Dawson the last two months have seen numerous coaches through the school to check on the physical linebacker.

"Ohio came down, Toledo came down, and Kent State came down," explained Dawson. "Cincinnati is supposed to come down, too."

Kent State has linebackers coach and rising star recruiter Marcus Freeman on the case for Dawson and the two have developed a solid relationship so far.

"Coach Freeman is my recruiter from Kent State and we're real cool," Dawson said. "We talk to each other and get along well and we have good chemistry. I liked it down there on my (unofficial visit over the summer). The coaching staff is real nice and I like the facilities."

In addition to the in-school visitors, Dawson has been receiving mail from programs around the nation.

"I get a lot of mail from Big East schools," Dawson explained. "I get a lot of letters from Syracuse, Cincinnati, Nebraska, Penn State, Michigan State, and I've got invites to things at Ohio State, Oregon has been sending me e-mails."

Dawson isn't claiming any early favorites but he does know what criteria he will be looking at once he begins to narrow things down.

"Right now I'm wide open," he said. "Whoever wants me, I'm going to look at them. I want to see how my program ranks, I'm looking at Business Management. I want to see how that ranks nationally and how the coaching staffs are, facilities, stuff like that."

Dawson is coming off a huge junior season for Licking Heights where he brought home some major accolades.

"I got first team all-league, first team all-district, and honorable mention all-state," Dawson said. "I'm hoping to get first team (all-state) next year. I had 137 tackles and two interceptions."

Dawson was busy on the camp circuit last year and will continue to be active on the circuit once again this spring and summer.

"We're going to most of the MAC camps and we're going to Ohio State," he said. "We're also doing the Best of the Midwest showcase in Michigan, I got MVP there (last year). I'm looking to show that I can play with anybody and that I'm an athlete."

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