As if Cass Tech High School in Detroit needed any more help after a state championship season, the Technicians will add a familiar face to the roster for next season. Junior offfensive lineman David Dawson has re-enrolled at Cass Tech after spending a year in Texas.
Dawson, who is now 6-foot-2, 300 pounds, is excited to be back with his teammates and feels added pressure to help them win another championship for his senior year.
"Them winning a state championship puts a lot of pressure on us, me especially since I was in Texas," he said. "I want to win another one, and it will be fun to play with the guys that I've been playing with for awhile again."
He started school again at Cass Tech this past Wednesday and has already seen his recruitment pick up as Dawson holds offers from Florida State, Missouri, Eastern Michigan, Baylor, Syracuse, Indiana and Arizona State.
"It hasn't been too difficult so far with the move. I'm sending my film out still, and coaches are still contacting me," he said.
Much like a lot of his former teammates, Dawson has heard from the University of Michigan as well. His current teammate and classmate defensive back Jourdan Lewis was recently offered by the Wolverines.
"I talked to (offensive line coach) Coach (Darrell) Funk and he said he wants to sit down and talk," Dawson said. "I'm closer now so it will make it easier for me to get up there, but the conversation between us hasn't really changed from when I was in Texas."
Some schools have recruited Dawson as a guard, and some as a tackle. Michigan has told him his spot would most likely be at guard or right tackle.
Dawson has been to Michigan plenty of times now and has built a good relationship with Funk. With that friendship and the fact his teammates are also being recruited by Michigan, it might eventually help the Wolverines.
"Going to the same school comes up joking around in the weight room. It'd be nice to play with the guys, but we'll stay in touch if we don't," he said. "I would love to play with them, but it's not something we're working on trying to make happen."