Big Play Dawson Adjusted to New Role

Chicago St. Rita (Ill.) junior cornerback Lamar Dawson had eight interceptions this season, not bad for a guy who hadn't played the position before.

Lamar Dawson got thrown into the fire this year. A wide receiver initially, he was moved to cornerback and started for one of the Windy City's top schools, St. Rita. He adjusted quickly and is now firmly established as a kid colleges need to take note of.

"The season went pretty good," he said. "At first I wasn't comfortable playing the position, but the coaches put me in the right position, and I got better. I had four picks in the postseason, so I got better as the season went on."

Dawson finished with eight interceptions. At 6'0, 190-lbs, with a physical style and good ball skills, he may project to safety for some schools. At either spot, he is hoping to hear from more programs. He says mail has been slow to come, partially because he transferred in.

"I [got mail] last year, but I was at Lockport. I got stuff from Michigan. I haven't gotten much at Rita. Tennessee, I got stuff from them, I think that was about it, and Stanford too."

As for camps, Dawson says, "I didn't get to any this year. I think I will this year. I know I'm going to the Core 6 Showcase in January."

Dawson admits he is a Big Ten kind of guy, and there are two programs in that conference he hopes to hear more from.

"I really wanted to go to Nebraska or Michigan State, those were my top two wanted to go to."


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