Florida looks to be less than a month away from adding its third commitment of the 2014 recruiting cycle.
As first reported by The Sun, cornerback Duke Dawson (Cross City, Fla./Dixie County) will announce his college choice on Jan. 8 at his high school.
“I’m going to have a ceremony in our auditorium after school,” he said.
His finalists are UF and FSU, but the Gators have been his leader for months. Florida was the first school to offer Dawson following his performance at the June 12th camp session. The Seminoles offered three days later at their camp.
But since then, the 5-foot-11, 184-pounder has been to Gainesville six times and Tallahassee just once (for the UF-FSU game). His most recent visit to Florida was this past weekend, two days after coach Will Muschamp and defensive backs coach Travais Robinson attended his basketball game.
“I came down Saturday and left Sunday,” Dawson said. “I didn’t go the banquet, but I got to watch practice and enjoyed that. I like the way coach Muschamp and coach T-Rob work with secondary. I met with them afterward and then hung out with the players and commits that night. So it was a good visit.”
Dawson said the Gators lead heading into his decision because he feels comfortable at UF and the coaches have recruited him harder than any other staff.
“They’ve put in more effort than everybody else in my recruitment and I can tell they really want me,” Dawson said. “Plus I like the school and I could see myself going there for the next four years.”
Dawson is rated a four-star prospect by Rivals.com and should be one of the top cornerbacks in the state when positional rankings are released.