Memphis DB Dawson commits to Georgia

Georgia landed a commitment today from Memphis defensive back Sheldon Dawson, according to his high school coach.

“Sheldon is going to Georgia,” Ridgeway High coach Duron Sutton said tonight. “That’s what he told me. He didn’t do anything big (to announce his decision).”

Sutton said Dawson spoke to Georgia coaches around the lunch hour today to inform them of his decision. The former Memphis commitment  also considered Ole Miss, where he knows some of the players.

The 6-foot, 180-pound Dawson picked Georgia because he “has a better opportunity to compete and win championships,” Sutton said.

“I am definitely signing with Georgia and I feel relieved to end this process,” Dawson told tonight. “I thought about a lot of things and I am 100 percent committed to Georgia. I feel good about it, the coaches are excited about it, and my family is behind me.”

Georgia likes Dawson as a cornerback, returner and on offense similar to the way it used Brandon Boykin, who completed his eligibility.

“They’re looking at him to kind of be like a replacement for Boykin,” Sutton said. “Play cornerback and still do things in the return game at kick return and punt return and use him in some packages on offense.”

Dawson becomes the first defensive back commitment for Georgia, which now has 17 known commitments. Recruits can sign national letters of intent starting on Wednesday.

Dawson is rated as the No. 147 overall prospect nationally by

“He’s got great lateral movement, great quickness, very good speed,” Sutton said. “He’s the best athlete I’ve ever coached. Are they going to have to fine-tune some things? Yes. But as far as just an athlete and what he can do, he has a lot of abilities.”

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