Sometimes a high school player is so talented that he doesn’t slot into any single position on the team. That is the type of player that Auburn has picked up with the commitment of Tar’Varish Dawson.
By Steve Wright
Tar’Varish Dawson a player who has contributed in many places for his Lehigh (Fla.) Senior High School team. Dawson has seen the field as a quarterback, running back, defensive back, and wide receiver, to fitting him into a recruiting box is difficult.
Dawson is a 3-star recruit who is ranked as the No. 28 athlete in the class and the No. 356 overall player. This puts him on the cusp of a 4-star ranking in the 247Sports Composite Rankings so it is clear that Dawson has plenty of talent.
This is a big recruit for Auburn as the school has been strangely quiet over the last month when it comes to gaining pledges. Gus Mahlzan needed this commitment to help show his class ranking is going to keep improving over the next few weeks.
In Dawson, Auburn is picking up a commitment from a player with speed that can’t be taught. He has been times at 10.58 in the 100-metre-dash and his highlight film shows that Dawson is about to transfer that speed onto the field.
Dawson wants a chance to play both ways at Auburn. This is a rare thing to even consider in modern college football, but his skill set fits. The very first play of this video shows you why teams just don’t thrown anywhere near Dawson at the high school level as he is able to make an interception look like the pass was intended to be thrown directly to him.
Later clips showcase what Dawson can do with his speed, be it catching a pass and burning defenders or killing it on a jet sweep where no defensive end is ever going to get upfield quickly enough to make a play. Dawson is a player to keep an eye on as a senior to see if he develops into a one position guy or if he continues to tear it up in all three phases of the game.