Syracuse keeps growing its ’14 verbal commitments before the start of the season. Three-star defensive back Lamar Dawson is SU’s ninth commit. He’s 6’0″, 190 pounds, and plays cornerback for St. Rita of Cascia of Chicago. He also had offers from Cincinnati, Michigan State, Central Michigan and Western Michigan.
He told Syracuse.com, “I went to Michigan State; it was good. But I didn’t know how early I would play. I went to Syracuse, and they had two seniors in front of me. I felt like it’s the earliest chance for me to play.”
Dawson echoed something Syracuse should be selling: playing time. With a move to the ACC the staff should be mining for all types of talent, and promise getting on the field for all incoming players.
It also reinforces this coaching staff looking outside the normal recruiting area for the Orange. Dawson is the second Illinois product on the Class of ’14 commit list (Colton Moskal is the other). Parris Bennett is a Detroit native, and A.J. Long is from Tennessee. SU is also looking at Aaron Roberts in the Windy City.
More traditionally stocked recruiting areas are smart places for SU to work now that it has a more national profile with better exposure in the ACC. The defensive backfield is also a good place on the depth chart to be getting talent, because opposing offenses are now more potent. Dawson is a good get for the Orange on many fronts.