Report: Football commit David Dawson won't attend Florida camp after speaking with Michigan coaches
Michigan football commit David Dawson turned some heads Friday when his plans to camp at Florida were revealed.
A day later, the trip is no more.
After speaking to Michigan coaches, the Detroit Cass Tech offensive lineman -- ranked by ESPN as the country's top guard -- no longer will attend the Gators' Friday Night Lights camp, according to GoBlueWolverine.com's Sam Webb.
Dawson tweeted Friday he planned to attend the camp so he could compete against some of the country's top players, and not because he planned to decommit.
"I'm a #MichiganMan," he said. "So what u hear or read is irrelevant!! #GoBlue #TEAM134"
Yet, the visit would have given Florida coaches -- who offered Dawson a month after his pledge to Michigan, and later visited his high school -- a chance to woo the talented lineman on their own campus.
Michigan has instituted a strict no-visit policy for commits under coach Brady Hoke, a rule that many teams have but few enforce. The Wolverines already have shown their policy has teeth, though, after they dropped tight end Pharaoh Brown from the 2012 class for visiting Oregon.
It wasn't clear whether Dawson was in violation of this rule, considering his trip to Gainesville would have been for a camp, and not an official visit. Classmate Jourdan Lewis, also from Cass Tech, camped at Alabama earlier this summer and remains committed to Michigan.
Still, Michigan coaches couldn't have liked the prospects of their prized offensive lineman visiting one of the nation's most powerful recruiters -- on its own campus. Now, the Gators will have to make their pitch from afar.
Verbal commitments are nonbinding, and Dawson and his 2013 classmates will be fair game until they file letters of intent next year. National signing day is Feb. 6.