June 24, 2013
Spartans after Florida ATH
One of the players that the Michigan State staff is very interested in for the class of 2014 is defensive back Will Dawkins of Vero Beach High School in Florida. The 5-foot-11, 195-pound prospect has an impressive list of scholarships, including one from the Spartans. SpartanMag.com has the latest information on his recruitment.
One things Michigan State Head Coach Mark Dantonio likes is versatile athletes, especially in the secondary. The last few years the Spartans have inked outstanding all-around athletes to come play in the secondary such as Demetrious Cox and RJ Williamson. Back in February the staff was able to go down to Florida and add play-maker Justin Williams of Port Saint Lucie to come in and project as a cornerback. This year Dawkins is the player the staff sees as an impact level recruit.
Dawkins, who currently has close to 20 scholarship offers from a host of programs such as Michigan State, Ohio State, South Carolina, Kentucky NC State and Rutgers, recently told Rivals.com the following.
"I'm going to wait until the fall and take some official visits," he said. "I should definitely be going to Ohio State and Michigan State."
Last fall Dawkins starred for Vero Beach High School at safety, wide receiver and quarterback. Though he could play on either side of the ball, many BCS schools like his ability to close on the ball and tackle in space. Michigan State likes those skills as well as the fact that Dawkins is not afraid to travel away from home for the right situation. He spoke with SpartanMag.com about his recruitment.
"I am just looking for a school that is the best fit," Dawkins indicated. "I just want to go to a school where they have good coaches, good players and they win a lot of games."
The Spartan Staff made their way through Florida back in May and Vero Beach High School was one of the schools that was a top priority for the coaches. We asked Dawkins about his contact with Michigan State during that time.
"Coach Narduzzi stopped by school," Dawkins said. "I liked him he was pretty cool. I am looking forward to seeing what it is like up there. I want to get to know the coaches and the players."
The fact that Dawkins is not in a hurry to make his decision is not a big issue for the Spartan Staff. Coach Dantonio likes to be very thorough when it comes to defensive back recruitment and if he cannot have players at camp, he wants to see them play their senior season. It is almost a certainty that Coach Barnett or Coach Narduzzi will travel down to Vero Beach to see a game this fall.
Michigan State always does a nice job recruiting Florida and last year the staff was able to sign 3 quality prospects from there, Williams, Devyn Salmon and Noah Jones. Though it is still early in the process, do not be surprised if a 2 or 3 players from Florida end up signing with Michigan State come next February.
SpartanMag.com will be sure to keep in contact with Dawkins as his recruitment unfolds.
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