January 15, 2012

Dawson talks UGA visit



No one says that being a blue chip recruit is easy.

Whether you commit early or wait until the first Wednesday in February, schools are going to continue to call, visit, and keep trying to state their case.

Tucker defensive end/outside linebacker Josh Dawson committed to Vanderbilt in June, but the home state Georgia Bulldogs have continued to recruit the four star prospect.

Dawson took an official visit to the Classic City this weekend, and, according to the Tucker native, the visit was extremely positive.The star pass rusher was hosted by outside linebacker T.J. Stripling, but plenty of other Bulldogs made it reach out as well.

"Stripling was my host, but I spent a lot of time around other players too," he said. "I was with Ken Malcome, Bacarri Rambo and Shawn Williams. They are good guys."

Spending time with coaches as another huge positive for the Peach State prospect on his visit to UGA.

Dawson got plenty of time with defensive coordinator Todd Grantham, defensive line coach Rodney Garner, and head coach Mark Richt.

"I had a chance to spend time with a lot of coaches," said Dawson. "I spoked with Coach Grantham mostly about football and about where I would fit in the defense. I am probably closest with Coach Garner because he has been recruiting me for a year and a half. We usually talk about stuff other than football. I also spent a lot of time with Coach Richt too."

According to Dawson, the Georgia coaches did a good job of showing him exactly where he fits in their 3-4 defense.

"We watched some film and some film of drills they do," he said. "They want me at outside linebacker at either the will or the sam. They want me to rush the passer and drop into coverage, but they mainly want me to rush the passer."

As for the highlight of the visit, well, the closest way to a man's heart is through his stomach.

"I really enjoyed relaxing and hanging out with the players, but the highlight was probably all of the great food," he said. "I'm sure I gained some weight but the food was just really good."

Dawson told UGASports before his visit to Athens that things were "up in the air" concerning his relationship with UGA and his commitment to Vanderbilt.

It appears that little, if anything, has changed in that area.

"I'm still committed to Vanderbilt, but things are still up in the air," said Dawson. "I wanted to take my official visit to UGA and find out if I am making the right choice or not. I'm taking my official visit to Vanderbilt next weekend, and still trying to figure things out."

With a final decisions yet to be made, Dawson at least knows when he wants to nail things down and completely end the process.

"I would say that I want to be done with everything the week or weekend before Signing Day," said Dawson. "I want to have it done by then."

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