Natick's Dawson signs with Maine

Former Natick High running back C.J. Dawson, who did a post-graduate season this past fall at New Hampton (N.H.) Prep, has signed a national letter of intent with the University of Maine.

Dawson, a 6-foot-2, 225-pound fullback and linebacker, helped lead New Hampton to the NEPSAC Dan Rorke Bowl appearance and a 7-2 record. Dawson earned First-Team All-Evergreen Conference honors, scoring four touchdowns and leading the Huskies in tackles with over 53 in nine games.

He was being courted by a number of programs, but felt like Maine was the best fit.

"I narrowed it down to two schools, Maine and Hampton in Virginia, and I really liked what Maine was offering athletically and academically. I like their conference and think it's the best Division I-AA conference in the country and I'm excited to play for such a well respected program," Dawson says. "They like me on both sides of the ball and it looks like they have a real need at fullback or H-Back. So I'm hoping to compete right away and hope to be on the field the first game of the season."

Dawson went to the prep school ranks this past season to fine-tune his skills on both the gridiron and in the classroom, and says he comes away from the New Hampton, N.H. campus that much more confident.

"It matured me academically, physically, and as a person," Dawson says. "I feel a lot more confident in my abilities on and off the field. It made a huge difference. It's been key for me."