Four-star recruit David Dawson is the No. 1 offensive guard recruit in the class of 2013 according to ESPN Recruiting Nation, so it's not surprising that the Alabama Crimson Tide have entered into the conversation in regard to his recruitment.
Dawson, from Cass Technical High School in Detroit, was originally committed to the Michigan Wolverines, but they withdrew his offer because he broke Brady Hoke's no-visit policy. At that point, Urban Meyer and the Ohio State Buckeyes seemed to have a good shot at landing their rival's former commitment, but Michigan has recently jumped back into the running because Hoke re-offered after a "heart-to-heart" with the 4-star recruit.
As if all of those twists and turns in his recruitment weren't enough, it appears as if another powerhouse has entered the picture in the Crimson Tide. Andrew Bone of TideSports.com reports that Dawson will visit Alabama in January, and he appears to really like their program:
"I have set up a visit to Alabama on January 11," said Davis. "I am very interested in the Crimson Tide. They have good program.
"They send a lot of players to the NFL. They have great coaches and a great atmosphere. I am very familiar with the campus. I have been down there two or three times. I am ready to go back."
If Michigan was hoping to get Dawson to recommit to its program, the process just got a whole lot tougher.
Nick Saban and Alabama present a major recruiting obstacle for Hoke and the Wolverines, and that's just one of three. Michigan State is listed as another favorite for Dawson. In fact, it is in his top two along with the Wolverines, according to 247Sports.
Hoke is a great recruiter, but even he is going to have a hard time out-recruiting the likes of Meyer, Mark Dantonio and now Saban for the talented offensive lineman recruit. Those are three very good recruiters, and each of their programs has a lot to offer Dawson.
Michigan has a great pitch too, but if it came down to choosing Alabama or Michigan, one look at what 'Bama's offensive line was able to do in the SEC Championship game could sway even the most dedicated "Michigan Man"—especially if that "Michigan Man" just so happens to be an elite offensive guard prospect.
According to Bone's report, proximity isn't an issue for Dawson, so one would be naive not to consider Alabama a major contender for the 4-star guard's commitment. Bone also reports that Dawson will take an official visit to Ohio State this weekend, Michigan in two weeks and both Alabama and MSU after the new year.
Alabama can offer Dawson a legitimate shot at the national championship for as long as he's part of the program, and he'll be able to block for some of the best backs in college football—in the biggest spotlight.
Michigan, while improving, is still nowhere near being a championship contender. It will struggle to compete with Meyer and the Buckeyes in the Big Ten, let alone compete for a national championship.
Its time to compete will come, but it's not here yet. Alabama's time, on the other hand, is here and now, and it will be for as long as Saban is the head coach.
Alabama's entry into this recruiting fight is not good for Hoke and the Wolverines.