January 25, 2011

Dawson filling in blanks on UT

By the end of the week, Boyle County, Ky., linebacker Lamar Dawson will have had his fill of Tennessee.

Dawson's Tennessee-filled week started Monday night when Tennessee coaches Derek Dooley, Justin Wilcox and Lance Thompson all were in the 6-foot-2, 230-pound linebacker's home to visit with him. His week will end with Tennessee as well as he will travel south to take his official visit to Knoxville.

"It was good. They were just talking about their program and getting me in on my visit this weekend," Dawson said of the in-home meeting.

Some of the talk revolved around Wilcox's defense and how Dawson would be used in his scheme.

"They talked about me either playing SAM or MIKE and me and coach Wilcox, he showed me the defensive base and he just went over that with me. And then they were just talking to me about the program and how they want to develop me," Dawson said.

Another thing caught Dawson's eye besides where he would fit in on the field. The two-time state champion said the Vol For Life program made an impression as well.

"The Vol For Life thing, that was pretty good, it was interesting. Just all the things it offers you as a student-athlete. I like how it makes you grow as a person," Dawson said.

As to what he's looking forward to, he said he's excited to be with the people involved with Tennessee's program.

"Just hanging out with the people and seeing how it is and seeing if I can see myself playing at Tennessee," Dawson said.

Tennessee is still in the running with the four other schools he took official visits to: Southern Cal, Oregon, Kentucky and Central Florida. Dawson said each visit was nice, but that he's starting to grow weary of the process as a whole.

"They were all nice. It's really just the same thing, just different writing," Dawson said. "You kind of get used to it, but at the same time I'm ready to get this stuff over with so I can focus on my career and my future."

While the aesthetics aren't what will draw Dawson in, he said the people will be the big decision for him.

"The people and who I can trust," Dawson said.

Dawson won't be alone on his visit as a few of his family members will be taking the journey with him.

"My grandma and my mom is coming down," Dawson said. "I guess they're just coming to be with me and (see) if they can just trust the people down there. This will be the first time coming on a trip with me."

Dawson said he plans to announce on signing day at a ceremony at his school.

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