March 26, 2012

Wyoming gives Dawson his first offer

With some athletes, it just makes sense to get them on the roster and worry about a position later. Graham, Wash. athlete Kahlil Dawson could be that guy where the Wyoming Cowboys are concerned. The 5-foot-9, 160-pound Dawson was offered a scholarship by Wyoming last month and may play either cornerback or as slot receiver.

Dawson accounted for 45 tackles, 14 pass break-ups and two interceptions a year ago. Offensively, he caught 24 passes for 425 yards and five scores. He said The University of Wyoming is telling him he can play on either side of the ball.

"They (Wyoming) are recruiting me and saying I could play both sides of the ball," Dawson said. "It doesn't matter which side they want me to play. I have been talking to (UW Offensive Line Coach Pete Kaligis). And then I know they have recently recruited about four people from here that I know who are going there like Trent Sewell. I've been talking to them about how they feel about Wyoming and they said they love it up there."

Dawson said he plans to come out to Wyoming for an unofficial visit sometime this spring and wants to come out for the Spring Game in Laramie. Wyoming is the first team to offer Dawson a scholarship. He said he is also talking to Washington State about being a cornerback, in addition to overtures from Washington, Utah, Colorado and Idaho. Dawson visited Washington State during their Junior Day last month, will be at Idaho's Junior Day soon.

"I am looking for what academics can the school provide for me in life after football," Dawson said. "I would like a school close to home so my folks could travel to see me or I could get home. I like a really homey feel as far as like school spirit and the coaching staff has to be pretty cool and get along with both my parents and myself."

The Graham-Kapowsin product claims a 4.5 time in the 40-yard dash, a 300-pound bench press and a 355-pound squat. He said coaches have told him his strengths include recovery speed, break on the ball and ball skills with the ball in the air. Dawson said he hopes to make a commitment sometime this summer or at the latest, early in his high school season.

"I want to have a commitment done by summer, but I am not sure if that is going to happen, so either summer or the first part of the season," he said. "I want to have that over with so I can focus on the season."

This weekend Dawson is in Las Vegas for a Badger Sports Combine with his high school squad.

"The goal is for us as a team and a unit to win it all," Dawson said. "Just as an individual goal, I want to get my name out to West Coast people. I want to get more publicity out there."

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