Josh Dawson says it’s “50/50″ between UGA and Vanderbilt

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Josh Dawson said it’s “50/50” on whether he will sign with UGA or Vanderbilt on National Signing Day (Feb. 1).

The 6-foot-5, 229-pound defensive end from Tucker High School has been committed to Vanderbilt since last summer. UGA has made a strong push within the last couple of months, with Dawson making a recruiting trip with the Bulldogs on Jan. 13. Dawson went to Vanderbilt this past weekend, along with his high school teammate and fellow Vanderbilt commit Jacob Sealand.

“I’m still committed to Vanderbilt but … it’s just a tight race between Vanderbilt and Georgia right now,” Dawson told the AJC on Sunday night. “I’d say they are both on top. I’m just going to have to weigh my options out. I’m going to make my final decision on where I’m going to sign on Feb.1.”

After visiting both UGA and Vanderbilt over the last two weeks, how would Dawson compare the two? “You couldn’t really compare them because when I went to Georgia, I had only a few other recruits there. I had more individual time with the coaches. The Georgia visit was more informative for me. At Vanderbilt this weekend, they had all of the commits there so you didn’t have that individual time with the coaches.  We did a lot of group activities. I’d said both official visits went well. I am waiting to decide on Feb. 1.”

UGA or Vandy? DE Josh Dawson will let everyone know on Feb. 1 (AJC)

UGA or Vandy? DE Josh Dawson will let everyone know on Feb. 1 (AJC)

Dawson said Vanderbilt coach James Franklin never brought up his visit to UGA. “He didn’t address it because I guess he didn’t feel like he needed to worry about it. Coach Franklin just kept reminding me that Vanderbilt has been with me from the beginning and that I could be a big part in turning around the program.”

What’s next for Dawson? He won’t be visiting South Carolina, instead focusing on Vanderbilt and Georgia. Vanderbilt is scheduled to attend his basketball game or make an in-home visit on Tuesday.

On Thursday, UGA will have Mark Richt make an in-home visit in an attempt the seal the deal with the Bulldogs. “It might be moved up to Wednesday because of my high school banquet on Thursday. I don’t know yet.” Dawson also said it didn’t bother him that UGA waited until later in the recruiting process to turn up its intensity, or that the Bulldogs had commitments or were recruiting players at his same position. “I like Georgia because it’s  close to home, and my friends and family can come to every home game.”

Dawson said he’s being recruited to play OLB in Georgia’s 3-4 defense, and at DE for Vanderbilt’s 4-3 formation. “It’s basically the same position in different schemes.”

Is Dawson feeling pressure about his decision? “I wouldn’t say I’m stressing. I’m just making sure I research everything. I’m going to pray about it with my family. My parents are very supportive. They told me wherever I go, they are going to make every game. This decision is really up to me.”

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304 comments Add your comment

DogDawg

January 22nd, 2012
8:43 pm

He’s a DAWG…

5150 UOAD

January 22nd, 2012
8:47 pm

chicken to stick with his commitment. Typical

AlpharettaDawg

January 22nd, 2012
8:48 pm

Hope he comes to UGA and continues the tradition of outstanding linebacker play that the NFL loves from Bulldawgs!

Frankly

January 22nd, 2012
8:48 pm

I believe you are right DD.

Rick James

January 22nd, 2012
8:50 pm

I think this one is done..

Blackoutanyone?

January 22nd, 2012
8:52 pm

2012 Fulmer Bowl score

UGA 1
SEC 0

Good thing you guys have such a high character super religious head coach.

SECGRAD

January 22nd, 2012
8:56 pm

Josh,

Best of luck where ever you decide to attend. Both are great schools. Obviously, I hope you become a member of the Dawg Family and we all will enjoy seeing you play between the hedges.

SECGRAD

jaglaw

January 22nd, 2012
9:01 pm

Hey Blackout, UF d tackle arrested for pot. That’s the 9 arrest under Muschamp. I think UF is leading the Fulmer Cup by a longshot.

5150 UOAD

January 22nd, 2012
9:03 pm

wait pot carries the same weight as beating up a woman?

GTBob

January 22nd, 2012
9:04 pm

I’m still committed to Vanderbilt but … it’s just a tight race between Vanderbilt and Georgia right now

Judging from how stupid this statement is, i’m going to say he is more of a UGA kind of guy then a Vandy kind of guy.

jaglaw

January 22nd, 2012
9:09 pm

Correction…..that is the 10th arrest. Kid is Leon Orr, he was also arrested in Feb of last year as well.

Blackoutanyone?

January 22nd, 2012
9:09 pm

jaglaw… I’m a Bama fan so I’m not as familiar with the Fulmer Cup rules as UGA fans are, but don’t you start over January 1?

DawgSinceBirth

January 22nd, 2012
9:13 pm

Oh, Blackoutanyone?, YOU are well aware of the Fulmer Cup…you win it about every other year!

Right On Time

January 22nd, 2012
9:14 pm

These players need to look out for themselves and not worry about their commitments.

You never know when a coach will return the loyalty with action like saban or johnson.

This recruiting is an unsavory side of the game.

jaglaw

January 22nd, 2012
9:14 pm

Last I checked…they r both misdemeanors. And women always tell the truth about their “abusive” boyfriends that rebut continue to stay with. Just saying. Wait…..remember ” I will kill you..” by that other UF player. Text death threat is just fine.

here we go!

January 22nd, 2012
9:17 pm

gtbob- before you knock his statement, learn the difference between then and than.

dawgfan

January 22nd, 2012
9:18 pm

@blackoutanyone?
dre kirkpatrick (your former star cb) was just arrested with weed on him last week.
@GT Bob
you are so pathetic. 10/11. please calculate that percentage for me with your pocket calculator and tell me what you get

jaglaw

January 22nd, 2012
9:18 pm

Well Blackout, the Filmed Cup is a notch below the Saban Cup …..where sexually molestation, teabagging, lying to recruits and coaches, and the like occur. But hey, as long as u win…right!?

dawgfan

January 22nd, 2012
9:19 pm

@here we go!
ha! you’d think they would teach proper grammar at GT? what an idiot

Blackoutanyone?

January 22nd, 2012
9:21 pm

5150… we need an official Fulmer Cup score card. Something like weed 1 point, drunk driving 5 points, hitting a woman 10 points, AD arrest 15… So UGA would’ve hit it big with 15(AD)+ 10(DUI) – 2 (Red panties).

5150 UOAD

January 22nd, 2012
9:21 pm

The Fulmer Cup start and stop dates are the last day before the season starts…NOTE: The Fulmer Cup closes at 11:59 p.m. tonight Aug. 30th, in keeping with our tradition of the day before the season being a day of amnesty. Like Spartans slaughtering helots, you do what you like that day, college football athletes of the world. No one’s watching (except the police) (and your coaches.)

GTBob

January 22nd, 2012
9:21 pm

gtbob- before you knock his statement, learn the difference between then and than.

lol. OkieDawg, is that you?

5150 UOAD

January 22nd, 2012
9:23 pm

Blackout…..http://www.everydayshouldbesaturday.com/2011/8/30/2391814/fulmer-cupdate-the-penultimate-scoreboard

jaglaw

January 22nd, 2012
9:24 pm

Excuse the typos….my phone has cracked face…..it broke when I threw it at my wife.

GTBob

January 22nd, 2012
9:24 pm

ha! you’d think they would teach proper grammar at GT? what an idiot

Nope, they only teach us things that actually have relevance in the real world.

tenn.DAWG

January 22nd, 2012
9:25 pm

Hey bammer boy,are you the one in the video at the Krystal in NOLA.If not I’m sure you proud of your brethren.

5150 UOAD

January 22nd, 2012
9:26 pm

DwagSinceBirth the Dwags have been in the top 10 of the Fulmer Cup more than other teams.

Blackoutanyone?

January 22nd, 2012
9:26 pm

dawgfan… Saban should be held accountable for the actions of his former players… intersting.

Gran Torino is on TNT… good movie if you haven’t seen it.

jaglaw

January 22nd, 2012
9:27 pm

Man if my team just won a National Championship I wouldn’t be concerned with other schools recruiting articles……unless of course I was a Tech fan, then I would live on other teams boots because…..I was a Tech fan.

WnE

January 22nd, 2012
9:27 pm

re:GTBob
January 22nd, 2012
9:04 pm
I’m still committed to Vanderbilt but … it’s just a tight race between Vanderbilt and Georgia right now

Judging from how stupid this statement is, i’m going to say he is more of a UGA kind of guy then a Vandy kind of guy.
__________________

Wow!

Just Wow!

A grown man that is supposed to be a college grad taking cheap shots at someone’s CHILD that has to make a pressure-packed difficult decision at the tender age of 18!

And this is how you respond, no wonder GT doesn’t pick up more Sidewalk Alums/Fans to attend their Games, I can’t imagine normal people wanting to be around someone that could say what you said above about someone’s CHILD.

You are embarrassing GT, just call yourself Boob and leave it at that.

dawgfan

January 22nd, 2012
9:28 pm

@GTBob
hmmm..so grammar has no relevance in the real world? you just made yourself sound even more dumb. your GT brethren would be embarassed by your lack of knowledge. did you do that calculation for me yet??

5150 UOAD

January 22nd, 2012
9:29 pm

WnE and you are such a stand-up Tech representative.

Blackoutanyone?

January 22nd, 2012
9:29 pm

5150… that’s how you play the Krystal joke. lol

GTBob

January 22nd, 2012
9:30 pm

did you do that calculation for me yet??

0.91. I didn’t need a calculator. Unlike UGA fans I can actually grade school do math in my head.

5150 UOAD

January 22nd, 2012
9:31 pm

dwagfan you should use the grammar and capitalization you just preached.

AugustaDawg

January 22nd, 2012
9:31 pm

Hope Dawson joins the ring team…Both quality schools. Only one is a quality football program. Go Dawgs!!!

5150 UOAD

January 22nd, 2012
9:31 pm

Manning with a comeback brewing.

Blackoutanyone?

January 22nd, 2012
9:32 pm

jaglaw.. relax just waisting a little time bro. UGA fans don’t mind letting Bama fans know how evil Saban is on just about every article the AJC does on a Bama prospect. It’s all in fun.

GTBob

January 22nd, 2012
9:33 pm

A grown man that is supposed to be a college grad taking cheap shots at someone’s CHILD that has to make a pressure-packed difficult decision at the tender age of 18!

I don’t care if he is 5 years old. When someone says they are committed to something but it’s about 50/50 than they look like an idiot.

5150 UOAD

January 22nd, 2012
9:34 pm

RING TEAM? What is that? Is that where you hit your girlfriend so hare her ears ring?

How do the G-men score and give away a huge KO return?

dawgfan

January 22nd, 2012
9:34 pm

@5150 UOAD
i said nothing of capitalization?
@GTBob
Your last sentence: “Unlike UGA fans I can actually grade school do math in my head.”
whaaaaaaaa?? sentence structure needs work as well

CC

January 22nd, 2012
9:35 pm

GO DAWGS! Stay home Mr. Dawson and represent your state.

dawgfan

January 22nd, 2012
9:35 pm

@GTBob
you messed up the than/then again…i hope it was on purpose this time

AugustaDawg

January 22nd, 2012
9:35 pm

GTbob. You began at 9:18 and answered at 9:30….Took you 12 minutes to do basic math? Must be real tough at GT…Stephon Marbury??? Is that you?

Walker, Texas Ranger

January 22nd, 2012
9:35 pm

There are some great zingers on here. Looks like the GT group is winning.

Walker, Texas Ranger

January 22nd, 2012
9:36 pm

AugustaDawg, don’t go there or they will bring up a certain point guard that Herrick brought in

AugustaDawg

January 22nd, 2012
9:37 pm

5150…still dreaming you had a girlfriend huh????

5150 UOAD

January 22nd, 2012
9:37 pm

RRTDwags don’t let the Blog door hit you where the good Lord split you.

jaglaw

January 22nd, 2012
9:39 pm

Blackout, no pun intended….actually have mad respect for Bama, not so much for some of the things Saban does. Sad, he is too good of a coach to pull some if those tricks. And Bama is too good of a school to be tarnished by his tactics. He better win…the second he loosed all &$# will break loose.

5150 UOAD

January 22nd, 2012
9:39 pm

AugustaDWAG I wish. More than 1 is too much work.