Brandon Dawkins has been on the radar of multiple programs from the Pac-12 Conference in the not so distant past. It appears as if interest in him has grown, in fact, and several new offers could be in the works for the senior from Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian.
Brandon Dawkins from Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian was one of many prospects to make headlines on the Pac-12 Conference recruiting scene this past week.
Recent visits to Arizona State, Oregon, UCLA and USC apparently went well for Dawkins and enabled each school to familiarize itself better with the 6-foot-3 and 206-pound dual-threat quarterback, who has scholarships on the table from rivals such as Arizona and Utah.
Perhaps the most intriguing situation is the one potentially developing with the Trojans and his primary recruiter Clay Helton. “USC could offer me in the next couple of days, that's what I have been told,” Dawkins said. “The Trojans have a great program, they're a big deal.”
Whether a scholarship actually materializes from USC remains to be seen. Dawkins is in the same boat with the Ducks. That is, they have not offered. Keep in mind, Oregon recently received a commitment from signal-caller Morgan Mahalak of Greenbrae (Calif) Marin Catholic.
Arizona State and UCLA are also possible destinations, given the fact that each program is in the midst of exploring its respective options at quarterback. Dawkins is no slouch, mind you. Far from it. He is the nation's No. 12 player at his position in the 247Sports Rankings.
Dawkins has been in contact with schools outside of the Pac-12 Conference as well. He returned three weeks ago from a trip to LSU, where he talked with his primary recruiter Cam Cameron. “I'm not sure how interested the Tigers are, but I won't forget the visit,” Dawkins said.
Hawaii and North Carolina State have offered. Notre Dame had a scholarship in place, and not too long ago, Dawkins attempted to give the Fighting Irish a pledge. Signs point to them turning their attention toward recent commit DeShone Kizer from Toledo (Ohio) Central Catholic.
“Notre Dame is not on my radar anymore, the coaching staff found someone else, that's the way things go in recruiting sometimes. I do have have a chip on my shoulder though,'' Dawkins said. “I'm looking at the Pac-12 Conference now, and have options, that's the bottom line.”
DIXON IS A HOT COMMODITY
UCLA was once thought to be the possible leader for Bryce Dixon of Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure. That, however, might not be the case anymore. More than a few teams from the Pac-12 Conference are making a serious push and run for the high-profile senior tight end.
This won't go over well with fans of the Bruins, nevertheless, crosstown counterpart USC has stepped up its effort to land a commitment from Dixon. Rightfully so. No. 1 in the country at his spot on the field in the 247Sports Rankings, his upside is seemingly off the charts.
Arizona State and Washington should also be considered as threats. Another school squarely in the mix is Oregon. Worth mentioning, Dixon plans to visit the Ducks at some point in mid-October. That said, the Bruins had better do their best to make a favorable impression on him.
SHARP TURN FOR UTAH
Utah seemed to have a needed dual-threat quarterback of the future in place when Aaron Sharp recently committed. Then, somewhat suddenly, everything changed. The senior from Humble (Texas) Summer Creek committed to Kansas State on June 29, a day after pledging to the Utes.
Sharp said the reasoning behind the rash decision to switch schools was to be closer to home and his family. That bodes well for the Wildcats, rest assured. They successfully landed the 6-3 and 190-pounder, the nation's No. 16 player at his position in the 247Sports Rankings.
Utah, on the other hand, is left to think about what could have been. It's back to the drawing board. In terms of recruits from the Class of 2014, Randall Cunningham II of Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman is on top of the wish list for the Utes. Donovan Isom of Destrehan (La.) and Jarrett Hildreth of League City (Tex.) Clear Creek are more reasonable options at this stage of the game.
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Utah landed a commitment from Kyle Christiansen on Monday. And while the senior offensive tackle from Hyrum (Utah) Mountain Crest has managed to go about his business in a quiet manner, there's no disputing the fact his 6-3 and 315-pound frame will be welcomed addition.
Another player who hasn't made many recent headlines is Evan White from Aurora (Colo.) Cherokee Trail. Despite not making news on regular basis, Colorado continued to pursue the 6-2 and 190-pound senior safety and secured an all-important pledge from him on Sunday.