March 21, 2012

Dawson sees future team in practice

Living in Houston as a junior, David Dawson didn't get many opportunities to see Michigan in person. However, now that the offensive lineman is back at Detroit Cass Tech, Ann Arbor is just a short trip down I-94 away.

Dawson, who committed to the Wolverines Feb. 18, took advantage of the first opportunity this Spring to see the team in action Saturday. When Michigan opened practice on Saturday, the 6-5, 305-pounder was there to see his future teammates put in work.

"They looked nice and everything," Dawson said of the Wolverine. "I didn't get a chance to walk over to see the O-line do their drills. When they did a couple defensive vs. offensive drills, they looked pretty good."

Dawson wasn't the only visitor in town, of course. Along with a few fellow Michigan commitments (including Detroit Crockett tight end Khalid Hill and Detroit Catholic Central athlete Wyatt Shallman), some uncommitted recruits saw practice as well.

That included some of Dawson's teammates at Cass, including defensive tackle Kenton Gibbs, 2014 wide receiver Damon Webb, linebackers Gary Hosey and William White, and defensive back Johnny Miggins, and 2015 quarterback Jayru Campbell. It also included Baltimore (Md.) Gilman four-star defensive lineman Henry Poggi, and Warren (Ohio) Howland running back Deveon Smith, who committed upon returning home.

Dawson's trip won't be his last of the spring. In fact, he plans to be a frequent visitor to Ann Arbor through March and April.

"I'll probably go up again next weekend, because they're going to be in pads," he said. "And then the next scheduled visit will probably be for the Spring game, but I could go to more."

After spring practice comes to a wrap, Dawson's focus will be solely on his senior season for Cass Tech. The opening game - as it has frequently been in recent years for Cass - may be one of the biggest on the regular-season schedule.

"I'm looking forward to playing Brother Rice the first game," he said. "That's going to be a good game. We've got the last game for the Big Prep Day Showdown. It's a night game, it's another Catholic League vs. Public League game. It should be a pretty good game to watch and to play in."

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