Dawson racked up 123 tackles, 6 for loss, 6 sacks and an interception returned for 85 yards last year. As a sophomore, he had 125 tackles and 6 interceptions. He is in his 4th year as a starter for his high school team. #21 rated player and 4 star recruit based on the 2012 AthleteVault NC/SC Rankings. Dawson was voted Linebacker MVP at Durham NFTC.