Dalyn Dawkins rushed for 1,479 yards and 18 touchdowns for 6A State Champion Trinity. He also had 38 catches for 367 yards and 5 more scores. The Rocks running back signed with Purdue University. His father, Ralph, played at UofL and was a starter on the 1991 Fiesta Bowl Champs.
Dalyn, at 5â€™8â€ and 181 pounds, was overlooked by some schools because of his size, but is looking forward to getting a chance to be an every down back for the Boilermakers. He picked Purdue over Western Kentucky and Colorado State.
KENT TAYLOR: Why Purdue?
DALYN DAWKINS: First of all the academics are great, I really couldnâ€™t pass up that opportunity. Theyâ€™re in the Big Ten, thatâ€™s big time football right there, and itâ€™s a huge campus, very nice place and I love the coaching staff there. I got to meet with some of the players who are already on the team and they were cool.
TAYLOR: How much did the proximity to home weigh in?
DAWKINS:Â That played into, thatâ€™s why Colorado State was kind of hard for me to go there, the distance was a little too far. Purdue was the best situation.
TAYLOR: What about Coach Darrell Hazell did you like?
DAWKINS: Iâ€™ve got a lot of respect for him, for what he accomplished at Kent State. Heâ€™s a cool guy, heâ€™s very up-front, heâ€™s going to be honest with you and tell me the truth. He wanted to give me time, he didnâ€™t want to rush me into the decision.
TAYLOR: Are you upset, (or) do you feel like some schools overlooked you because of your size?
DAWKINS: I wondered that sometimes, but sometimes things happen for a reason. If it was meant for me to go to Purdue, it was meant for me to go to Purdue. I saw it when I was up there, I liked it a lot.
TAYLOR: Will you play as a freshman, or will you redshirt?
DAWKINS: All three schools were willing to give me a true opportunity to play as a freshman. Thatâ€™s all I ever wanted, I want to be able to compete as a freshman. If Iâ€™m not ready, Iâ€™m not ready, but I think Iâ€™ll be ready.
TAYLOR: Did UofL recruit you at all? I know they have some running backs, but how involved were they?
DAWKINS: They were recruiting me just a little bit, not too much. I donâ€™t know what it was about them, I guess they didnâ€™t want me.
TAYLOR: Your dad played in a couple of games for UofL at Ohio State â€“ what did he tell you about the atmosphere of Big Ten football?
DAWKINS: Itâ€™s very different, itâ€™s one of the best football conferences, thatâ€™s for sure. The fan base is great and itâ€™s always going to be a packed house. Playing at Trinity Iâ€™m used to that.
TAYLOR: Purdue has traditionally played Notre Dame, Ohio State, Michigan â€“ what place are you most looking forward to going into and playing?
DAWKINS: Ohio State and Notre Dame.
TAYLOR: What are you going to study there?
DAWKINS: Iâ€™m still undecided. Probably business and marketing.
TAYLOR: Was there a time when you thought you would end up at Cincinnati?
DAWKINS: I was really leaning towards Cincinnati, the whole season, I said Iâ€™m going to Cincinnati, I wasnâ€™t really worried about the recruiting process because I knew I was going to Cincinnati. Then Coach Butch Jones left and I had to reconsider that.