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FOOTBALL RECRUITING: Cass Tech’s Dawson & Hill commit to Michigan

By: Scott Burnstein, December 16, 2012, 11:00 am

The University of Michigan added one high-profile re-commit and a talented de-commit from another school within its own conference and together they made for one smashing success of a day for the Wolverines football program.

On the heels of winning a state championship late last month, Detroit Cass Tech teammates David Dawson (offensive lineman) and Delano Hill (safety) both committed to Michigan on Saturday afternoon.

The 6-foot-5, 295-pound Dawson, one of the most heavily sought-after prep football players in the nation – ranked as high as the No. 1 offensive guard by some experts -, returned to the Wolverines, after de-committing back in October and re-opening his recruiting.

Hill, a chiseled 6-foot-1, 200-pound hard-hitting playmaker in the secondary, de-committed from Iowa over the weekend to pledge his allegiance to the Hawkeyes Big 10 rival, Michigan, alongside his running buddy on the field with prep powerhouse Cass Tech. Most scouts rank Hill in the Top 25 in the country at the defensive back position.

Dawson, who had nearly every major Division I college programs in pursuit of his services at the next level, played at Cass Tech as a freshman and sophomore before moving with his family down to Texas last year as a junior and then returning to the Technicians for his senior season in the fall.

While Dawson missed out on Cass Tech’s 2011 state title, Hill was on the field for both championship campaigns.

The pair of new Michigan-commits gives head coach Brady Hoke and his staff an even total of two dozen commitments for its current recruiting class, eight of them hailing from Metro Detroit high schools.

Cass Tech is boiling over with top-echelon college-recruits. The two-time defending state champion Technicians featured at least 18 Division I prospects or commits on its 2012 roster.

When Dawson and Hill reach campus this summer in Ann Arbor, they will be joined by prep teammate Jourdan Lewis (WR-DB), anothe heavily thought-of Michigan recruit.

The Cass Tech program is viewed as a ‘feeder’ to the Wolverines gridiron contingent, considering Technicians head coach, Thomas Wilcher, played football and ran track at Michigan in the 1980s.