Last week Hanahan’s Cooper Dawson (6-5 245) of Hanahan participated in a Dabo Swinney camp as a defensive. Unfortunately, he suffered an ACL injury and will receive his MRI results Friday. Wednesday Dawson hear back from Clemson with an offer, but as an offensive tackle.
“Coach (Tony) Elliott called me and told me that Coach Dabo Swinney wanted to talk to me,” Dawson said. “Coach Elliott and Coach Swinney talked to me throughout the camp. Coach Swinney ended up talking to me and he told me that he liked the motor that I showed on the first session and that I was the kind of player that should be at Clemson, so he ended up offering me over the phone with Coach Elliott.”
Cooper attended Clemson’s camp with the idea of earning an offer as a quarterback wrecking defensive end. Now, he has to wrap his head around the idea of playing a position where he protects the quarterback.
“A month ago, I probably would’ve said, ‘Heck no,’ but I’ve gotten three offers now for offensive tackle,” he said. “The coaches keep saying, ‘We can put you in the league if you try as an offensive tackle.’ It’s something that I’ve got to consider.”
Dawson also has offers from Colorado State, Coastal Carolina, Appalachian State, Army, Navy, UCF and Old Dominion. Obviously, the Clemson offer is at a different level from the others but he doesn’t want to rush a decision.
“I’m not looking to jump into a decision so soon,” Dawson said. “Coach Elliott – they want me as a Clemson Tiger, but he’s also told me that every door God opens you don’t have take or walk through. He knows that I love the defensive position, but I should also consider the offensive one. I think I’ve got seven offers for defensive line/defensive end/defensive tackle and three for offense. I think he’s going to respect whatever decision I end up making.”