Stockbridge lineman signs with Georgia Tech

Members of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets cheerleaders lead the team onto the field before the game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Bobby Dodd Stadium on November 28, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)


Position: DL

Committed: Jan. 22

Height, weight: 6-foot-3, 242 pounds

High school, hometown: Stockbridge High, Stockbridge

Ranking: 3-star

What to know: Dawson went on his official visit the weekend of Jan. 20 and was one of three recruits on their official visit to commit Jan. 22. Dawson chose Tech over Appalachian State, Illinois, Kentucky, Mercer, Missouri and 12 others, according to 247 Sports. Dawson, a defensive end at Stockbridge, announced his commitment by tweeting a video of himself telling Tech coach Paul Johnson in front of Dawson's parents.


On why he chose Tech: "I just love the atmosphere. I love Atlanta and that's where I'm from. I love my city. It just feels great and the players, they're just really like down to earth and everybody was really just like a family."

On what was special about official visit: "Everyone is really saying the same thing and I was like maybe they're for real about this maybe this is really how it is. … (They were saying) that after college, the education is the most (important) here and a Georgia Tech degree is a big thing."

On his sister filming him committing to Tech with Johnson: "Nobody knew only me and my sister knew that's why the video is kind of low to the table because I didn't want (anyone to know what was coming.) I told her this morning I came in I was brushing my teeth, and I came in her room, and I told her 'I'm going to do it today. I need you to record it for me.'"

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