Notre Dame offers football scholarship to Tucker DE-LB Josh Dawson

Tucker DE-LB Josh Dawson (Special)

Tucker DE-LB Josh Dawson (Special)

Tucker High School’s Josh Dawson was offered an early scholarship by Notre Dame on Sunday night.

The 6-foot-4, 226-pounder has nearly 20 offers, including UGA, Virginia Tech and South Carolina. He is projected to play defensive end or linebacker in college.

“I’m excited because it’s Notre Dame, and they have a pretty big name in football across the country,” Dawson told the AJC. Dawson added that he is not favoring any schools at this moment.

“I thought I had a good chance at getting offered by Notre Dame because one of the assistants came by the school a couple of weeks ago, saw me working out, took some of my film and told my coaches they would get back to me. I didn’t know it would be this soon.”

Dawson said if there’s an offer he expected but hasn’t gotten, it would be Georgia Tech. “I talked to one of the Georgia Tech assistants maybe three weeks ago. They haven’t been out to any of our spring practices [at Tucker]. I don’t know what’s going on. Hopefully they will come by this week and make an offer. I’m interested.”

Dawson said he’s content with his current batch of offers, but wouldn’t mind hearing from Clemson, Florida, Alabama and Auburn.

– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog

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48 comments Add your comment

OldDawg

May 8th, 2011
11:25 pm

Georgia Tech won’t offer a kid until he has offers from Samford, Furman, Air Force, and Davidson … Be patient Josh lolololl

Tech Donor

May 8th, 2011
11:32 pm

He’s obviously got the grades. How can Georgia Tech drop the ball on a player only 10 miles from campus?

It Ain't Rocket Science

May 8th, 2011
11:48 pm

Sounds like to me, he wants every college in the country to offer him and then he will decide. Not sure if he even has an idea where he wants to go yet. He will probably pick the five schools he wants to pay for his weekend trips, for something like a mini vacation each time. I think he feels entitled to have a school offer him so maybe he would not be a good fit at UGA or tech.

RambleOn84

May 8th, 2011
11:55 pm

I mean, if he wants to be an engineer, the only profession in life worth getting up in the morning for………

He shouldn’t play for Yech.

We only have “Management” majors come from the field.

hiveredtech

May 9th, 2011
6:26 am

Dawson would have to play OLB in a 3-4 defense. More importantly, GT already has Junior Gnonkonde from Lanier County, GA at that spot and could take only one more. Their top 3 targets at OLB are James DeLoach, Jordan Jenkins, and Kendarious Whithead. We are also in the top five for OLB Jamal Marcus of Durham-Hillside, NC where Vad Lee goes to high school.

hiveredtech

May 9th, 2011
6:32 am

Tech Donor

Tucker high school has been a UGA pipeline for years…and has had a hard time turning out academically qualified players for GT in the past. This is NOT the case with Dawson as he is a great student.
If I am not mistaken, GT has not signed a football player from Tucker since OL Kyle Frederick about 20 years ago. During that span, the coaching staff at Tucker has sent 10-15 players to UGA.

Jacket Man

May 9th, 2011
6:51 am

hiveredtech has hit the nail on the head with this one. GA Tech has made numerous attempts at kids at Tucker through the years and had every attempt turned away by their coaching staff. At some point, you cut your losses and look at kids who really want to come play for you rather than want their egos stroked.

FactChecker

May 9th, 2011
7:11 am

Hiveredtech – you’re kidding. Tucker is an IB school and our players have no problems with grades. This year alone James Vaughters had a perfect 4.0 and signed with Stanford. Our quarterback Norman Hayes had a perfect 4.0 and signed with Harvard. Thomas Brown and Asher Allen did go to UGA and graduated in 3 years. Our players play all over this nation and not one has failed. I would agree Tucker tends to favor UGA but grades aren’t the issue.

It Ain't Rocket Science

May 9th, 2011
8:08 am

I kind of hate for the high school coaches to have such a strong influence on where a kid goes after they leave him. I realize they sometimes have a loyalty to a certain college because they graduated from there or some other reason, but this is an important decision in this kids life. It could possibly shape his whole future, so the kids wants and needs should come first. I don’t know that much about this young man but I would say he is looking forward to playing the game to the max and after last year, I think I saw enough, LOL. All of these press announcements, tv appearances and such just to announce where they are going to college is just a little too much. I think this young man is going to like the idea of 30 or so coaches salivating over the prospect of him playing fot them. This is where a good high school coach couild help out his player and try and prevent him from getting such a swollen head. I bet some of them get a sense of entitlemenmt after the whole mess of recruiting and then have to get a dose of reality real quick when they actually hit the campus. All of the sudden, the coach that a few weeks ago told you how you would fit in and how great you would be, now has to treat you like the rest of the players. Suddenly, you are just one of eigthy five, not numero uno. To CMR’s credit though, he does seem to care a lot more about the players than some coaches at other schools. Last year seemed more of a circus then past years to me. Doesn’t sound, at least based on this article and what little he says, that The old, “instate loyalty” thing is tops on his mind, although he would like a offer from Tech. That may be based on proximity to tech. more than anything else. Oh well, all UGA and Tech. can do is give it their best shot, if he is that good. I would think Tech. might want to get in the race soon though. I have no way of knowing how hard UGA is recruiting him, but he seems to have decent size to grow and good LB’s are welcome I am sure.
GO DAWGS

phone

May 9th, 2011
9:07 am

south bend is a freeze hole

Lmhoatcreeps

May 9th, 2011
9:08 am

It is funny how you guys come on here and talk about kids. You mean absolutely nothing to thesekids and they really don’t care what you say. It is funny though, reading your comments. Comments about kids you do not know. LOL

phone

May 9th, 2011
9:09 am

dear GT recruiting coordinator,

way to be on top on things, NOT

Worm

May 9th, 2011
9:39 am

well stated factchecker!

Jim 70

May 9th, 2011
9:41 am

Michael, who cares if this kid gets an offer from ND or VT or SC. The fact that he got one from UGA is news and looking to get one from GT. STOP promoting kids gettings offers from out of state! IGNORE THEM! The kids like to see press, but please limit any press coverage on these. Let them google the south bend news or the blacksburg news to get their clippings – if any.

Lets keeps good Georgia high schoolers in Georgia (Tech).

Blackoutanyone?

May 9th, 2011
9:42 am

He’s waiting for Bama to offer, then he will commit. Bama is his dream school, so UGA can just forget about it.

GTJason

May 9th, 2011
9:46 am

Yeah see we do math at GT and it works out so that you can only have so many players at one position. ND last year (while yes I’m bitter that one was Tuitt) signed 4 espn 150 defensive ends. That’s not fair to other players that want a scholarship or to the kids, 2 of which will be riding the bench. We haven’t offered because we have offered too many other kids at his position. That being said if he is truly “interested” then he will get an offer because wanting to play for the team is big in GT recruiting: case in point Tyler Marcordes.

It Ain't Rocket Science

May 9th, 2011
9:46 am

Just wondering, does anybody know if Dawson is ok, academics wise? Scout has him at 4 stars and rated nbr 27 at DE, so he would appear, at least by their rating to be pretty good athletically. UGA already has a commitment from another DE, Leonard Floyd, who is at 217 pounds and they might be considering using him at OLB considering his size right now. Scout rates him at nbr 12 I think. They do seem to grow a lot bigger their senior year though.

JD

May 9th, 2011
10:14 am

Sounds like he wants to collect offers and then run a media circus. Figure out where you want to go and concentrate on getting in the school with your grades. An offer will follow.

addaws

May 9th, 2011
11:08 am

It is crazy for people to give their comments when you know nothing about a person, other than what you perceive from an article. This student does very well on the field and off the field, so there’s no question that he will succeed wherever he goes. As for him running a “media circus” we are talking about a high school player here; and he surely has the right to enjoy the moment of being highly sought after. Once again, comments are being made on what someone “thinks” and not what they know. He has good people in his corner and good head on his shoulders, so he’s not just going to jump through hoops, because some people that don’t know him want him too. Excited to see what the future holds for this young man!

It Ain't Rocket Science

May 9th, 2011
11:16 am

Addaws,

From what he said if this article is accurate, it sounds like to me, he will want to do the same thing a lot of the top atheletes do coming out of High school. All I am saying is for him not to let all the hype go to his head, because once he signs on the line, the coaches approach him differently than when they are recruiting him.
I am glad to see he is academically ok for sure. He should probably go to the school that best fits his educational goals. Looks like he will have a bunch to chose from for sure.

DawginLex

May 9th, 2011
11:35 am

Kid is too smart to go to Bama.

Plus he has all of his teeth.

bigdog58

May 9th, 2011
11:36 am

Funny how all you people comment on a kid you don’t know. It’s not his fault that he is a good football player and plays for a good program at Tucker. This kid has grown up in Tucker since the second grade and lives only three mile from the school so he is home grown. The kid has a 3.6 GPA and has quailifed on his SAT and ACT all over the national average. He comes from a good family where his parents preach education first. He has a brother on a basketball scholarship at Kennesaw State and finished Tucker with a 3.4 GPA and made Dean List his first year. This kid is looking for the best oppoertunity for him to get an education and play football if its from GA.,GA Tech,NorteDame or who ever. First thing you should ask is what about his character and his grades then be happy to see a kid doing the right things.God has BLESSED him. If this was your kid I bet you would be happy as i hope his parents are and they focus on him and not the haters. This kid can go anywhere in the nation and if he gave GT some credit they need to be happy because the BIG 10 is on him while the home state sleeps. I hope every kid in the state gets the opportunity as this kid is getting and does it the right way. I know his family is proud and this kid is loyal ask the Tucker coaching staff. He plays for the best coach in the state in Stephens and he has produced winners.He does not influence his kid on where to play but give then advise when asked. I hope the kid gets 20 more offers.

addaws

May 9th, 2011
11:41 am

It Ain’t Rocket Science,

Once again, the “it sounds like” comments….if you are just speculating and don’t know him, then put him in a category with other top athletes. If you aren’t speculating, and do know him…then you don’t have to worry about him.

addaws

May 9th, 2011
11:41 am

Correction, DON’T put him in a category with other top athletes

Old Blind Dawg

May 9th, 2011
11:42 am

Typical techies – when you see your school slipping behind you start questioning grades. Please give it a rest.

One thing that hurts GT recruiting – GT produces very few (if any) high school coaches. The coaches do have a tremendous influence on these kids. Right or wrong that is the way of the world.

Auntdaw

May 9th, 2011
11:44 am

Josh Dawson has made a name for himself. Just look and listen at the comments that are being made. He has everyones attention. So people, focus on this kid and watch him grow. Don’t hat the player hate the game

It Ain't Rocket Science

May 9th, 2011
11:46 am

When I was growing up, which is a longer time than I care to think about, Notre Dame was a top 5 or 10 team each year. Won a couple of NC’s and was the goal of every Catholic athelete around. They have faded pretty much from the national scene in football for the last two decades, so if the kid is considering them, he is indeed looking at college from a athletic as well as athletic view point which is great. In sports, your career can be over in a split second, but if you have a good education, you will still have a job.

It Ain't Rocket Science

May 9th, 2011
11:48 am

Correction. academic as well as athletic point of view. Gonna fire my typist as soon as I can hire one from the tech. class, LOL.

GT hulk

May 9th, 2011
11:56 am

PJ wont offer til Wofford, Troy, UAB or Ga. Soutern offers.

Call it like it is

May 9th, 2011
12:17 pm

I quess it would be un-pc to say to the kid…. We both know you aren’t coming to Tech. Schools like Tucker, Carver-Columbus, and Buford are UGA pipeline schools. The young man could be a member of mensa but he isn’t going to Tech. Lets just call it like it is. A Tech offer would just be padding his numbers.

Captain

May 9th, 2011
12:26 pm

You Tech supporters are boring!! Typical GT crap, academics, it never stops. I suppose it’s the GT company line ‘tell a lie, tell it often, repeat it daily, promote it until it becomes the truth’. Everytime a prospect doesn’t have GT on his list, or doesn’t have a GT offer, you whiners play the “academic card”. BS. You can’t get into Tucker HS, it has nothing to do with grades, they don’t like you. The players from there who have attended The University of Georgia have been great students. Thomas Brown was a high achiever academically, Honor student, Dean’s List; Asher Allen, early enrollee, Honor student, Dean’s List. Both graduated from The University ahead of their classes and were recruited nationally.

The truth is, many of these top prospects simply do not feel GT is big time football. Honestly, if a 17-18 yr old is considering his options and he has Georgia, Alabama, Florida, FSU, Notre Dame, offering him, why would he have interest in GT? Sort of like being choosing between a 12 oz Prime Filet and a Bologna sandwich. Sure you can dress up the Bologna with some mustard or mayo, yu can fry it, but it’s still Baloney, which is a lot like your academic arguments and excuses, BALONEY! There’s a reason GT averages 35,000 for a home game – nobody cares, and I doubt you excuse makers can find our way to Grant Field and Historic Bobby Dodd Stadium.

1eyedJack

May 9th, 2011
12:31 pm

Or it could be he just don’t want to live “in the ‘hood” and dodge pistol whippings for four years.

[...] Carvell at AJC.com caught up with Dawson to discuss Notre Dame’s entrance on the scene: Tucker High School’s Josh Dawson was offered [...]

[...] Notre Dame offers football scholarship to Tucker DE-LB Josh Dawson … [...]

Captain's Mama

May 9th, 2011
2:35 pm

Eat your Baloney steak Lil’ Captain…..GT hasn’t had fewer than 40,000 at a home game in quite a while.
You’re about as orginal as “GT Hulk” plagerizing the the 1st blogger’s post.

[...] Carvell at AJC.com caught up with Dawson to discuss Notre Dame’s entrance on the scene: Tucker High School’s Josh Dawson was offered an [...]

Old Blind Dawg

May 9th, 2011
3:44 pm

Captain is that paid attendance – as in GT paid the folks to come LOL

Pat Patriot

May 9th, 2011
3:48 pm

Hey Phone,

Green Bay, New England, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Chicago, etc. are “freeze holes.” When the NFL starts letting draft picks play where they want, then players from the “Sun Belt” can elect to play inTampa Bay, Atlanta, Miami, Dallas, etc. Maybe then one of those teams will win the Lombardi Trophy.

The advantages of attending South Bend far outweight the weather. Besides, football was never meant to be a warm weather sport!

Destin Dawg

May 9th, 2011
3:57 pm

Parade magazine says : “” UGA #3 large State University education.. plus big time Spots “” in beautiful college town Athens, Ga… kids do better In State school.. close to support groups .. friends and family… I’m originally from Indiana.. went to I. U… Notre Dame is way out of date….. Go Dawgs !!

Sven Ottke

May 9th, 2011
3:57 pm

Captain, you are simply a blathering idiot.

It Ain't Rocket Science

May 9th, 2011
4:48 pm

Pat Patriot,

Football may not have been meant to be played in warm weather, but I can tell you this much. This ole man, feels a lot better watching in the stands when it is 70 degrees or so, as opposed to -10 or so. Ain’t enough booze in the world to keep my butt warm, or enough clothes either, LOL. I was stationed in North Dakota for a year and at Wisconsin for six years and I can tell you, they have their own special brand of cold up there. Can’t afford luxury box seats so I vote for warm football games, LOL.

BYRDDAWG

May 9th, 2011
4:53 pm

captain’s mama, I don’t want to hurt your little feelings but the there was only 30,263 @ your game against conference rival Wake Forest last season….sven ottke, he’s looking smarter by the minute !!!!! just sayin

sandyspringsjacket

May 9th, 2011
6:19 pm

Has this kid even been to a GT Jr day or visited the campus. I don’t think he was not at the spring game either. So all you dumb dawgs can crap on GT recruiting but, if someomne shows no interest at all why would we waste valuable time and resouces when we have a better chance at several others talented payers in the same position who are ACTUALLY interested in coming to GT. By the way your 5 stars finished with the same record as our 2-3 stars, can you say coaching?

THWG

WhyDoesItMatter

May 9th, 2011
6:44 pm

Why do grown-arse men fight/argue everyday on a sports blog about 17/18 year old kids?

bigdog58

May 9th, 2011
8:41 pm

sandyspringsjacket…..he has been to a GT junior day and attended a game. Why would the coaches from GT follow him around during basketball season hoping he would jump at them when he wants to see who really wants him. The kid would be smart to listen to allthe offers because in the end its a business and the coaches need to get the best players they can get to win or they lose their job. You must win in this business.

Wow!

May 9th, 2011
8:49 pm

I HAVE A GREAT IDEA!

I’m going to wait for every article that mentions Georgia Tech and some way or another and comment on how they are nerdz and stuff because I’m a dawg and we get’ em, GOOOOO DAWGZZZZZZZZZZ

Man, after all my fellow mutts read my cool comments about how cool we are and how those jackets are lame after every tech article, they’ll be so proud!

DREAM TEAM!

BYRDDAWG

May 9th, 2011
9:22 pm

sandy, the same record but def not the same teams…..The SEC has won 5 NC in a row & we finished 2nd in the nation to LSU one of those yrs!!!!!! BTW we’re 9-1 against you with our COACH!!!!! just sayin

Pat Patriot

May 10th, 2011
5:48 am

Hey It Ain’t Rocket Science

Thanks for bringing a little humor to this thread. I was beginning to think that all southern football fans lacked that sense (of humor)! As a football fan since 1950, I agree with you. I should have included that football – like all sports – is also meant to be played by young men. Having sat in the stands through many games (albeit not as far north as North Dakota), it feels a lot warmer if your team is a consistent winner! lol.
And, I might add, that somehow the beginning of my post was cut off/out. Of course that would be that “Most talented young football players have hopes of playing in the NFL.”
I was also remiss in adding to my initial post that these other factors that make South Bend attractive were the reason that another Georgian, Stephan Tuitt selected the Irish over GA Tech in the 2011 recruiting class. Or is the mention of his name now taboo in “The Peach State?”