Georgia's upcoming Dawg Night is all about opportunity - for coaches and participants alike.
For coaches, it's a chance to work hands on with young men already with offers. For recruits that don't, it's an opportunity to prove to coaches that an offer is deserved.
Memphis athlete Sheldon Dawson falls into that latter category.
Although the 5-foot-11, 175-pounder boasts 16 offers - including six from SEC schools - Georgia has yet to pull the trigger on the 2012 prospect from Ridgeway High, who rushed for over 1,000 yards as a running back but is being recruited to play corner.
"I really like Georgia, so if they were to offer, I would heavily consider it," Dawson said. "I am still a little more comfortable at running back because I have played there more, but I have a lot of potential at cornerback too. I just make plays when I am on the field."
Dawson isn't kidding.
As a junior, he rushed for 1,045 yards, a number which might not seem particularly impressive but takes on another light when you consider he averaged an incredible 20.3 yards per carry and scored 14 touchdowns.
On defense, Dawson made 42 tackles with one interception and 14 pass breakups.
Tennessee, Mississippi State, Purdue and North Carolina are among the schools offering Dawson a full ride.
Georgia coaches have already been by to check out the young star.
"Coach (Todd) Grantham came by my school in the spring, and then later Coach (Will) Friend came by to check out one of our offensive lineman and get my film," Dawson said. "I had planned to camp at Vanderbilt on the 15th and 16th, but now I may try to come down to Georgia for their Dawg Night on the 15th and then come up to Vanderbilt the next day."
Dawson said he plans on camping at Tennessee shortly after that.
"I plan to evaluate things after the summer and see where things stand with my offers. Then I will move forward with trying to make a decision," he said. "If Georgia offers they will definitely be in that mix. They are close to home and in the SEC, so that is an advantage."
NOTE: Georgia hopes to sign at least two cornerbacks for the class of 2012, including others who may emerge at Dawg Night. One cornerback Bulldog coaches would love to get into the fold is New Jersey native and four star standout Yuri Wright of Don Bosco Prep. Wright has 18 offers, including ones from Michigan and Notre Dame, but is reported to be high on the Bulldogs.
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