The Wolverine

February 2013

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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  commitment profile Reon Dawson Chooses To Continue Trotwood Pipeline By Tim Sullivan Michigan's recent history at Trotwood (Ohio) Madison High School is a strong one. In the 2008 class, the Wolverines reeled in running back Michael Shaw, wide receiver Roy Roundtree and tight end Brandon Moore. Shaw graduated in 2011, cracking the top 50 in career rushing yards at Michigan with 1,001. Roundtree is No. 6 in U-M history in both receptions (154) and receiving yards (2,304). Although Moore's career didn't reach statistical milestones — he caught only two passes for 28 yards as a Wolverine — he was still honored during his senior year with the No. 87 "Legacy Jersey" in honor of former Wolverine Ron Kramer. Michigan's 2013 class included one Trotwood pledge, with linebacker Michael McCray Jr. committing to U-M March 6. Just weeks before National Signing Day, though, his teammate Reon Dawson chose to join him in the class, becoming U-M's 26th commitment Jan. 14. Dawson, a 6-2, 165-pound cornerback, had been committed to Illinois since March, said that he had to make the switch because it was in his best interests going forward. He's a selfless player who spends much of his time helping his family and the Trotwood community. "I just felt like it was the best place for me," he explained. "When I went Dawson, a three-star recruit and the No. 53 player in Ohio according to, had been committed to Illinois since March before switching to U-M in January. photo courtesy up there, I enjoyed being with my teammates. I know a lot of the players in my class, and that helped. I'm going to have that home-away-fromhome feeling. I have to do what's in my best interests and look out for me for once. I give so much to people like my brothers and other people that I see needing help, I need to be selfish for once. "I told Illinois that I appreciate everything they did for me, but I needed to do something that's right for me. I decommitted, and told [Illinois head] Coach [Tim] Beckman and a couple of the Illinois coaches." Although Illinois is an esteemed institution academically and athletically, Dawson knew that the total package paled in comparison to what would be available to him in Ann

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