Lehigh junior Tarvarish Dawson commits to the Auburn Tigers
Lehigh junior Tarvarish Dawson has had the eye of many top programs throughout his high school career.
On Friday, the speedster committed to the Auburn Tigers and head coach Gus Malzahn and did it after taking a “virtual” unofficial visit on Thursday, getting a unique look at what the school is all about.
The 5-foot-11 athlete had released a top six in April consisting of the Tigers, along with UCF, Miami, Minnesota, South Carolina and Louisville. In light of the coronavirus limiting recruits to visit schools in person, programs have turned to virtual campus tours to give recruits a chance to still get a feel for what their school can offer.
Dawson featured all over the field as a junior for the Lightning, rushing for 206 yards and three touchdowns, totaled 19 catches for 293 yards and three scores at receiver, scored on a fumble return and picked off three passes at cornerback.
Lightning head coach James Chaney believes both sides of the ball are in play for Dawson at the next level with his skill set. Anticipating Dawson to get a lot of touches in his senior season on offense, Chaney sees Auburn as a good fit for what the speedster can bring to the table in the SEC.
“I’m happy to see him make a choice, it’s a great school, great tradition and I’m happy for him,” Chaney said. “He can play either side of the ball at a very high level.”
Speed is a big part of Dawson’s repertoire, as he set a personal best time of 10.58 in the 100 meter dash before COVID-19 ended his track season. Last year, Dawson was a district and regional champion before finishing fourth at the 3A state championships in the 100 and was a regional champion in the 200 meter before finishing seventh at the state championship.
In the recruiting circles, Dawson is No. 28 athlete in the country according to 247Sports and has a four-star prospect rating according to ESPN.
Dawson is the third member of the Class of 2021 for Lehigh to commit to a Power Five program and will not be the last. Linebacker Jake Chaney is committed to Wisconsin, defensive lineman Dequaveon Fuller is committed to Florida State and highly touted defensive back Omarion Cooper has over 20 offers entering his senior season.
— This story will be updated.