By TODD LAMBERTH
Coming off of their perfect regular season, White House can now also boast an FBS signee as Dawson Bragg announced his commitment to play at Middle Tennessee State on Wednesday.
At a ceremony in the Burr Building on the campus of White House High School, the senior offensive lineman picked the Blue Raiders over Western Kentucky to continue his playing career.
While Bragg liked many of the things the Hilltoppers had to offer him, the relationships he was able to build with the Blue Raider coaching staff ultimately put them over the top.
“I really liked WKU, but they signed an offensive line coach in January so I didn’t get to spend as much time with them as I’d like to,” Bragg said. “I got to spend a lot of time with MTSU’s coaches and I think that’s what did it for me. Once it got down to the final two, I swung back and forth for the last two weeks, but for the last week I knew who I wanted to end up winning. I had a conversation with them on Monday night and pretty much finalized what I was doing.”
Bragg came on later in the recruiting process and picked up steam after Christmas. According to 247Sports, the 6’6, 285-pound lineman is the 66th ranked player in the state with offers from MTSU, Western Kentucky, Cincinnati, and Bowling Green, among others.
“It was crazy. It was kind of like speed dating,” Bragg said. “In the end, I knew I had to start narrowing stuff down. They say everyone wants to be recruited until you get recruited. It’s been a very crazy process to deal with, but man it’s been a blast.”
Coach Rick Stockstill has built the Blue Raiders into one of the perennial top teams in Conference-USA and Bragg is looking forward to working to keep that tradition going.
“I would say they’re getting a player that works really hard and has a mean switch, which you have to have to play offensive line. I just think they’re getting somebody that’s going to work until they get to the top.”
According to the Blue Raiders’ website, Bragg provides MTSU with just the type of tackle that they were looking for.
“Dawson is the true definition of an offensive tackle,” MTSU’s Director of Player Personal Will Redmond said. “He’s long, athletic, and finishes his blocks. We knew from the moment we met Dawson he would be a great fit in our offensive line room and with our coaching staff. We wanted to add a bookend to this class of offensive lineman, and Dawson provides us that.”
Bragg is the only football player to sign with an FBS school for the 2018 signing period.