Byrnes (Duncan, S.C.) defensive line star Everett Dawkins has enjoyed an outstanding late spring/summer time, landing offers from programs such as Florida State, Tennessee and Virginia Tech. The 6-3, 245-pound standout, one of the hottest recruits in the Southeast, is a versatile and talented player for head coach Chris Miller.
“Everett is very coachable,” Miller said of Dawkins, who racked up 46 solo tackles including 18 tackles-for-loss and three sacks last season as a junior. “He is a very knowledgeable kid. He listens to you. He soaks in everything we are trying to teach him. He is a yes sir, no sir type of kid. He is always on time. He is dedicated to what he is doing at a young age and he works really hard.
“He comes from a very athletic family. His dad, uncles and cousins all played at Byrnes. All were very athletic in one sport or another. His cousin is Stanley Hunter, who just got a scholarship with Clemson. Everett is bigger than the ones that have played here. He has the speed and size to go along with his intelligence.”
Dawkins’ versatility means that he will see action at several spots along the defensive line this upcoming season.
“We are trying to use Everett in every way we can. We’ll play him inside, outside, at defensive end and nose guard,” Miller said. “We think he is special. We can move him around and do some different things with him. We won’t leave him in just one spot.”
In terms of how he projects on the next level, Dawkins is being recruited primarily as a defensive end. Miller believes defensive tackle could be a possibility as well.
“He has got the frame to bulk up as long as he can carry his speed,” Miller said. “He might play as a tackle on the next level or some coaches might keep him on the edge.”
Miller discussed Dawkins’ recruitment, which has really picked up over these past several months. The Palmetto state star currently holds offers from Florida State (camp), Illinois, Maryland, Michigan State, N.C. State, Tennessee (camp), Virginia Tech and Wake Forest, among others.
“He really got noticed in his junior season, but this summer was when all the big schools noticed him and started coming in with offers,” Miller said. “A lot of schools saw him in the spring. He has also gone to a few camps.”
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