Vandy 3-star OL commitment Daniel Dawkins: ‘Hitting is one of my favorite things’

Daniel Dawkins

Three-star center Daniel Dawkins committed to Vanderbilt on March 30 over, among others, Michigan and North Carolina, and he said he is solid to the Commodores.

“I’m 110 percent committed to Vanderbilt; there’s no backing out,” Dawkins told GN. “They want me and I want them, and that’s that.”

Dawkins (6 feet 3, 296 pounds), from Hightstown (N.J.) Peddie School, is among the top 10 centers nationally and an overall top-15 recruit in New Jersey for the class of 2018.

Dawkins describes his game as you would expect an offensive lineman would.

“With being as strong as I am, I’m good at taking on the bull rush,” Dawkins said. “My game is strength and power and always being physical on the field. Hitting is one of my favorite things to do out there, lets me get the anger out. Working in the weight room 24/7 has finally paid off.

“Being at the center position going up against the nose tackle – it’s you vs. him. It’s who is the stronger man and who gets the technique down correctly.”

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Dawkins says he can play anywhere in the interior offensive line.

“I could play guard, but they told me I would begin at center. But anywhere where I get to hit somebody is where I want to be,” he said.

Dawkins has built a strong relationship with Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason.

“Coach Mason is an amazing guy,” Dawkins said. “He believes in me and loves my film. He loves everything I do in the weight room and says I’m a big key to the team.”

Dawkins will be heading to Vanderbilt with his high school teammate, four-star quarterback Allan Waters, who committed to Vanderbilt in December.

“It’s a good thing having a teammate coming with you,” Dawkins said about Waters. “Him and I push each other both on and off the field and in the classroom.

“Another four years with him and being able to dominate in the SEC would be great. I can’t wait for it and I’m absolutely pumped.”

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