During the summer, Pitt will host a number of prospect camps where they get a chance to personally evaluate players that they’re considering extending an offer to.
A player that falls into that category is 2020 three-star guard Nicholas Dawkins (6-foot-5, 300 pounds) from Parkland High School in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Dawkins, the son of late NBA great Darryl Dawkins, has seen his recruitment really taken off lately as he holds offers from Army, UConn, Indiana, Kansas, Rutgers, Temple, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and West Virginia.
”Yes, this has been really exciting,” Dawkins said to Pittsburgh Sports Now. “Getting these opportunities from all these schools is very rewarding.
”Coaches like how aggressive I am and my quick footwork. I’m being told from schools that they can see me playing at either guard or tackle depending on my size and how I develop.”
With all the interest he’s receiving from programs, Dawkins will likely have his pick of schools. But what is he looking for in his future football home?
”One big one is my relationship with the coaches,” said Dawkins. “My family will always have my best interest in mind and if they don’t have a good feeling about a staff and I’m not too sure, we’ll talk about it. That will likely not be good for me because I’ll be spending my next four years there. However, at this point, I’ve really liked all the coaches I’ve met and spoken to.
”All a big factor will be the campus and vibe I get from being there. I need to feel comfortable there. Lastly, the mentality of the team. I could care less about the record, I want to go to a place that has the mentality that shows they want to improve and get better.”
Dawkins had the chance to experience some of these things when he attended Pitt’s junior day last month.
“It was my first time ever in Pittsburgh, the city was great, actually amazing,” said Dawkins. “We got an overall tour and the facilities at Pitt were amazing. They also have the relationship with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Plus, the weight training program they have and the transformation and development that occurred with players like Aaron Donald is impressive. Pitt really seems like they have something special going on there.”
That won’t be Dawkins last visit to Pitt as he’s been invited back to attend a spring practice and to take part in one of their summer camps.
”They’ve watched my film but want to see my point of attack blocking. They say that they’re interested in me but want to see me in camp and in individual work.”
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