February 8, 2013
Former DeSales athlete to play football for Navy
In a round-about way, the DeSales football program fed one of the nation's service academies with yet another college prospect earlier this week even though there was no ceremony held at its school.
The only mention ThisWeek Community Newspapers has in its archive regarding Eli Dawson came in June of 2012 when he was among a list of juniors at DeSales who had made the honor roll for the third grading period of the school year.
Dawson also previously spent time with the Stallions' football program before transferring to Western Reserve Academy in Hudson for his senior year last fall, and he's apparently turned into quite a player.
The 6-foot-5, 230-pound defensive lineman and wide receiver who had 75 tackles, seven tackles for losses and six sacks on defense and 22 catches for 210 yards on offense last fall committed to play for the U.S. Naval Academy on Feb. 6.
This falls right in line with the Stallions' program, which has sent players like Chris Thomas and Josh Kusan to Air Force and Josh Dowling-Fitzpatrick to Navy in recent years.
"The Naval Academy stood out because it offered the opportunity to play Division I football, receiving a world-class education and being a part of a real football family," Dawson said on a questionnaire I was forwarded that he originally filled out for the Cleveland Plain Dealer. "Also, I wanted to surround myself with a community of individuals who are all committed to being successful, and my visits lead me to believe I would be successful not only over the next four years but moving forward after college."
Dawson, who has attended three high schools and also previously lived in Colorado, is planning to major in economics.