August 15, 2008

2010 RB has major potential

After rushing for 1,387 yards and 13 touchdowns as a sophomore, running back Andre Dawson already has major college interest, including early scholarship offers from Iowa and Illinois. We caught up with Dawson's coach at Cedar Rapids Washington, Tony Lombardi, to talk about the 2010 prospect's potential, his recruiting, and much more.

Q: Andre added a couple offers last week, is that right?

LOMBARDI: Yeah. Actually, Illinois kind of offered him in the spring or at least had told me they were going to offer, but I never want to make a promise for somebody else. When a recruiting coach comes in and says we think we're going to offer, I don't do anything until the head coach calls me and says we're offering. But Illinois and Iowa have offered. I've had several other schools who have pretty much said they're going to offer like Cincinnati and some others. But until I hear from the head coach, I never divulge that really.

Q: He was a pretty big kid even as a sophomore. What is he like as a running back?

LOMBARDI: He's a great combination of speed and power. He can be a power runner and certainly run between the tackles, and he's very patient and has great vision. Then when he gets into the secondary, he's fast. He's a 4.5 kid and he had several 60, 70, even 80 yard runs because guys can't catch him. Then in some games, Kennedy comes to mind, he rushed the ball between the tackles at 6-7 yards a clip. Nothing huge, but moved the ball for us and kept possession, and that's really important as a running back. He can run that zone scheme that everybody is running now extremely well and yet is a big enough back that if you need 2-3 yards he can get it for you.

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