David Dawson, ranked the nation’s No. 1 offensive guard by ESPN, decommitted from Michigan on Sunday and will officially visit Florida for the South Carolina game.
The 6-foot-4, 282-pounder named UF his new leader, and he’s actually been a Gator fan since he was in the eight grade.
Dawson also has interest in Alabama and LSU and said his desire to play in the SEC is what drove him to part ways with the Wolverines.
“It was nothing against them,” said Dawson, who is from Cass Tech in Detroit, Mich. “I just want to be in the SEC because I know I’ll be facing the best defensive linemen in the country every week, and that’s going to prepare me well for the NFL.”
Florida offensive center commit Cameron Dillard (Canton, Mich./Canton) has a close relationship with Dawson and will also be on his official visit this coming weekend.
“We’ve been friends for five years,” Dawson said. “We started going to camps together and both of us always dominated. He’s been trying to get me to come down there since he committed, saying we could be a tag-team in college.”
Dawson was originally going to visit UF for Friday Night Lights, but he cancelled his trip because of Michigan’s policy against commits visiting other schools. Florida coach Will Muschamp and offensive line coach Tim Davis continued to recruit Dawson and now they have their chance to land him.
“I can’t wait to come down and see everything they have to offer,” Dawson said. “I really like what coach Muschamp is doing with the team and coach Davis has improved their O-line a lot. I also know some of the commits in their class already. So I think I could fit in down there.”