David Dawson is one of the nation's top-ranked offensive lineman, and the senior-to-be at Detroit's Cass Tech is part of a crop of 2013 recruits that the Wolverines staff has already corraled. But one stipulation that may fly under the radar in recruiting? Michigan has an unwritten rule: Once a player commits to Michigan, he cannot visit any other school.
(Tom VanHaaren of ESPN had a good article about this a couple weeks ago, though you'll have to pay to read it unless you have "Insider" status. And it begs the question: is the verbal commitment truly non-binding?)
News broke late last week that Dawson was planning to attend the Friday Night Lights camp later this month at Florida, which brought about speculation that Dawson was considering Florida and potentially recanting his verbal commitment to the Michigan football program.
Shane Morris, another Michigan recruit, also spoke on behalf of Dawson, posting this to his Twitter account:
David Dawson is staying committed to #Michigan.... Everyone relax..— Shane Morris (@S_Morris12) July 6, 2012
Was it a case of the tail wagging the dog? Before the weekend was over, several media outlets reported that Dawson cancelled his plans to attend the Florida camp.
Dawson's Twitter account - @D3_mrunderrated_ - is protected, but enough people retweeted what he posted in light of the situation. Basically, he reaffirmed his commitment to Michigan.