Reon Dawson, Michigan Man

By Ramzy Nasrallah on February 7, 2013 at 11:04a

Reon Dawson a “Michigan Man?” Say what?

“I never did see that,” said the Trotwood-Madison High School senior cornerback who “flipped” from a verbal commitment to Illinois to eventually sign with Michigan on Wednesday.

“Until I die, I’m gonna be a Buckeye fan even though I’m going (to Michigan). When we play (OSU) I’m gonna still bring my ‘A’ game. But, I love Ohio State.”

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jthiel09's picture

An Ohio State fan who wanted to go to Illinois, now going to Michigan but still routes for OSU ... huh?


Vico's picture

I'm sure he'll be "all blue" by team he leaves there, along with other guys like Jake Butt, Mike McCray, and Taco Charlton in their class who all grew up huge Ohio State fans.  Still, this is funny. On National Letter of Intent Day, no less.

I can't believe I ate the whole thing.

439LawDog's picture

Might not have had an offer from tOSU. Can't blame the kid for taking a free education from TTUN and after going to Champaign several times you couldn't pay me to go there!

hail2victors9's picture

He didn't.
I'm happy to have him as a part of this class, but it's a no-brainer that he was a plan B or plan C guy.  They do like his height, that's for sure.

Those who stay will be CHAMPIONS!

~Bo Schembechler

d1145fresh's picture

As Urban said yesterday...OSU is now in a position to cherry pick the best instate talent and then go after whoever else we want around the nation. If a kid isn't good enough for TOSU they can go to Illinois or Michigan, but (as almost every other Ohio kid) they are going to still want to be wearing scarlet and grey. 

dubjayfootball90's picture

makes the eclusive factor that much more important. To be an in state ckid and receive an offer from tOSU, you know they want you bad.....

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

AndyVance's picture

Even as a die-hard Buckeye, I'm not sure I can exactly blame a kid for choosing to take an offer from M*ch*g*n over one from Illinois... What are the odds he's going to be playing in a big-time Bowl game at one versus the other? What are the odds he's going to be on someone's draft board playing Up North than playing in Champaign? (Those are rhetorical questions, btw.)

M Man's picture

I want to buy some vowels.

AndyVance's picture

Hey, I don't want Urban Meyer making me do extra pushups... Team rules, you know.

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

Send me $400 and I'll gladly give you the vowels you need :)

Class of 2010.

Ahh Saturday's picture

It's a heart/head thing.  Michigan was his best offer, and he'd be an idiot not to take it.  Still, it's hard to just turn off the emotion if you grew up rooting for the Buckeyes.  My guess is that by the time November rolls around he'll know who his teammates are.

ATXbucknut's picture

Very, very good...Operation Trojan Horse is working splendidly...


BuckeyeVet's picture

@ ATXBUCKNUT - Love it! Thanks for the laugh.

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gobucks96's picture

that's gotta hurt up north..

Sean N's picture

I think we also have to keep in mind how much harder it must be for kids today to really hate Michigan. This kid was still in diapers during the 1995/1996 disasters. He was probably in kindergarten when Jim Tressel was hired.  A person my age (who was in HS/college during the dark days of the 90's) cannot fathom what a charmed life kids his age have lived.

notoriouswojo's picture

Nothing like dogging your new school before you even get on campus. 

741's picture

I love it. Michigan: A great substitute in the absence of your first choice.

DetroitBuckeye's picture

I don't like it, be genuine with the school you are attending and if not don't go to Tsun.

iball's picture

The Buckeyes whiffed on Mike McCray, he would of picked OSU easy. Hisdad was a Buckeye and he was teammates of Cam Burrows. Not sure why we didnt go after him with the current holes at LB

“There’s one thing I have learned through all my adventures and conquests - it’s that some people are just wired for success. I had no choice when it came to being great - I just am great.” – Kenny Powers

TBDBITLinWIScantSON's picture

Who would you trade McCray for- Mitchell or Johnson?


iball's picture

Neither, but we had room formore then onelb in the class

“There’s one thing I have learned through all my adventures and conquests - it’s that some people are just wired for success. I had no choice when it came to being great - I just am great.” – Kenny Powers

iball's picture

Or maybe I just hate seeing my home school turned into a scUM pipeline. Weve had more talent at Trotwood than arguably any school in the state and Cam Burrows is the only kid to go to C'bus since John Lumpkin in 95. An hour from C'bus and Tress wouldnt touch Trotwood. Thank god Tress is gone.

“There’s one thing I have learned through all my adventures and conquests - it’s that some people are just wired for success. I had no choice when it came to being great - I just am great.” – Kenny Powers

gnesq1's picture

I think Meyer addressed this yesterday...he said that many of the Ohio 2013 kids had already committed (read Dymonte Thomas) or wanted an offer immediately when the staff had just wrapped up the 2012 class.  That he and the staff were not as familiiar with them, and that he wanted to take some time and evaluate or have them camp to show the staff what they had.  There some that didnt want to wait (I think McCray maybe Butt or Charlton, I dont know) that they passed on for others.  He also said that future classes will have more of an Ohio feel, now that they have had more of an opportunity to evaluate them.  You can already see that through more early offers to Ohio kids in the 2014 class. 

ShowThemOhiosHere's picture

That's kind of weird.  He certainly is not the first and will not be the last Ohio kid who grew up rooting for Ohio State to end up at TSUN, but he may be the first to say something like that.  He didn't have an OSU offer, so I wouldn't tell him that if he feels that way, don't go to TSUN - getting to play at TSUN would be a huge opportunity, and I'd go there over Illinois any day myself.  I'm sure he'll be set straight by the time November rolls around...probably sooner since he opened his mouth on NSD.

Class of 2010.