One of the Lowcountry’s top football prospects will miss the 2018 season after injuring his knee while participating in a football camp at Clemson earlier this month.
Hanahan’s Cooper Dawson, a 6-5, 250-pound defensive end, suffered a torn ACL and will have surgery later this month.
Before the injury, Dawson performed well enough to earn a scholarship offer from Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney. The Tigers project Dawson as an offensive tackle, a position he has never played but is likely to grow into.
Dawson also is one of the area’s top baseball players, but says he may not play baseball next spring and is considering a December graduation and early enrollment in college.
Dawson also holds offers from UCF, Navy, Army, Old Dominion, Coastal Carolina, South Florida and Appalachian State. He says three schools are recruiting him as an offensive lineman while others see him possibly at tight end or defensive end.
RiverDogs to honor All-Lowcountry baseball, softball
The Charleston RiverDogs will honor The Post and Courier’s All-Lowcountry high school baseball and softball teams on June 27 at Riley Park. All of the players named to the first team, along with the baseball and softball coaches of the year, will be recognized on the field and receive plaques prior to the RiverDogs’ game against the Rome Braves, which will start at 7:05 p.m.
All honorees will receive one complimentary ticket to the game and are asked to arrive at the ballpark by 6:15 p.m.
For more information, call the RiverDogs’ front office at (843) 723-7241.
Porter-Gaud's Weitz commits to Clemson
Placekicker Jonathan Weitz, a rising senior at Porter-Gaud, announced via twitter on Monday that he would be attending Clemson as a preferred walk-on.
Weitz, who made five of eight field goals with a long of 40 yards last season, is regarded as one of the state’s top senior placekickers.
Weitz is ranked as the 62nd best kicking prospect nationally by analyst Chris Sailer and held preferred walk-on offers from Tulane and South Florida. He was a second-team All-Lowcountry selection last season.
“I am 100 percent committed to Clemson University and I couldn’t be more excited,” wrote Weitz on his twitter announcement. “Thank you to the Clemson coaches, coach Swinney, coach Elliott and coach Pearman, who made me feel so welcomed and truly a part of the Clemson family.”
Summerville's Powell to WKU
Summerville offensive lineman Daylen Powell recently made his verbal commitment to Western Kentucky University while on a visit there.
Powell, a 6-4, 285-pound returning starter on Summerville’s offensive line, is also a pitching prospect in baseball. He held other football offers from Navy, Appalachian State, Marshall and Georgia State.
Powell is the second Summerville player to commit in the last week, joining quarterback Johnathan Bennett, who pledged to Liberty University.
Brandon Shell football camp
Former Goose Creek and USC offensive lineman Brandon Shell, currently a member of the New York Jets, will hold a football camp on July 7 at Goose Creek High School. The free camp will run from 9 a.m. to noon and lunch will be provided.
For registration information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.