David Dawson: Brady Hoke, Michigan Smart to Re-Offer Nation's No. 1 OG

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIINovember 30, 2012

Via 247Sports
Via 247Sports

Brady Hoke and the Michigan Wolverines have made an offer to 4-star offensive guard David Dawson.

This will be the second offer that they've made to ESPN's No. 1 guard recruit for the class of 2013.

Dawson, from Cass Tech in Detroit, was previously committed to the Wolverines, but Michigan withdrew his offer because he decided to take an official visit to Florida. Apparently, according to a report from Tom VanHaaren of ESPN.com, a second offer is now on the table:

"I spoke to Coach [Brady] Hoke tonight and he said they are re-offering me," Dawson said. "We had a heart to heart, and I don't want to put everything out there but I was dealing with some things and I might have jumped the gun a little bit.

"We talked about everything and he said that if I want to be there they have a place for me."

Dawson is going to call the Michigan coaches again on Friday to schedule an official visit for December 14. He is still planning on visiting Michigan State, Ohio State and Alabama and wants to make sure he does his homework this time around.

Overall, this is a smart move by Hoke and the Wolverines, at least from a football perspective.

At 6'4'', 282 pounds Dawson projects to be a great guard at the college level, especially in the pro-style offense. He's big enough to go straight forward and hold his own in pass protection and he displays good strength. Where he'll really be effective though is in pulling situations when he's asked to quickly move laterally down the line and make a block, and his athleticism and quickness will also help be effective at the second level.

There's not a lot to dislike about Dawson as a recruit, and he would be a huge (re)addition to Michigan's 2013 class. From a football perspective, the Wolverines need Dawson. Frankly, any program out there would be lucky to get his commitment.

This is not to say that this re-offer won't come with some controversy though.

Hoke has long maintained his reputation as a "Michigan Man", and his no visit policy is supposed to be strict. Hoke runs the risk of coming across like he's flipping on his standards and his own rules, and that, by it's very nature, could actually hurt his "Michigan Man" reputation.

After all, there's no room for someone who can't stick with his decision at Michigan, right?

While that's all fine and dandy, the fact of the matter is that Hoke can talk about being a "Michigan Man" until he's maize and blue in the face, but at the end of the day, he will be judged by his win and loss record.

How long can one remain a "Michigan Man" if one can't beat Ohio State or get to the Rose Bowl? 

Hoke is 1-1 right now, but with the way things are looking down in Columbus with Urban Meyer at the helm, he's going to need all the talent he can get.

Let's be honest, being a "Michigan Man" means being able to lead the Wolverines to victories over the Spartans and Buckeyes on a yearly basis, while playing in the Rose Bowl as much as possible.

Anything else is not satisfactory for a program with Michigan's standards.

So yes, Hoke may be waffling a little bit on his "strict" recruiting policy, but he's making the best choice from a football perspective. Dawson has the potential to be an elite guard, and considering the move Hoke is looking to make to the pro-set, Dawson is an integral recruit that Hoke must have.

There's also the fact that Dawson and Hoke had a 'heart to heart" and maybe there's more than meets the eye in regards to the 4-star's decision, so at least in this instance, re-offering Dawson could be more than justifiable for Hoke.

Some will rip the decision to re-offer Dawson, but overall, it's a smart move by Hoke and the Wolverines.

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