July 15, 2010

Texas receiver has CSU in the lead

An early timeline for a decision may bode well for the Colorado State Rams' efforts to reel in Dallas Skyline receiver Paul Dawson. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Dawson said he wants to make a commitment before the season starts and has no plans to make any visits before Sept.

Given the fact Colorado State is his only scholarship offer and the relationship between CSU cornerbacks coach Tim Duffie and Dawson, that may be a good sign for the Rams.

"I would say they are the leader," Dawson said. (The fact he wants to decide early) is a great thing for them, a lovely thing.

"Tim Duffie is recruiting me," Dawson continued. "It is a school I am interested in. It is only like two states away, so it is not that far. I like that their coaches there and I need to see more tapes on how they play on the offensive side. (Duffie) was talking to me about playing outside linebacker and safety. I play some linebacker at Skyline too. I like defense and I like hitting people."

Dawson played tight end and outside linebacker for Skyline High School last year and brings a 4.6 time in the 40-yard dash, as well as strength (415-pound squat) and smarts (the future math major sports a 2.9 grade-point average). Colorado State is his lone offer right now, although Texas A&M, Utah, UTEP and Southern Illinois are also in contact with the Skyline target.

"I have quickness, I am smart, I know how to get yards after the catch. I am very aggressive and I have good leadership skills," Dawson said when asked what he does well on the field.

Thus far Dawson has not taken any visits and plans to get to Fort Collins during a bye week of his high school season. He is also planning visits to College Station and perhaps Norman, Okla. during the season. He said he is looking for a school with his major and a good graduation rate, as well as a team willing to open up its offense.

"I like a team that runs more like a spread and passes the ball a lot," Dawson said. "I want a team that uses the run to open up the pass and look for a good tempo. Also, a good quarterback."

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