A key part of Trinity’s last three state championships, Dawkins rushed for 1,479 yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior while adding another 367 yards receiving and five scores.
Louisville (Ky.) Trinity running back Dalyn Dawkins made his commitment to Purdue public on Monday evening.
The 5-foot-9, 180-pound Dawkins gave his pledge to the Boilermakers staff earlier in the morning. His other two finalists were Colorado State and Western Kentucky.
“My Dad had to call them because I was at school,” Dawkins told 247Sports Monday afternoon. “I said go ahead and call Coach (Darrell) Hazell so I could let them know ahead of time. They were happy to hear and just welcomed me.”
Dawkins becomes commitment No. 22 for Purdue in the class-of-2013 and the fourth running back, joining Keith Byars II, Keyante Green and David Yancey. Dawkins brings a different skill set than the other three and could play all over the offense for the Boilermakers. He took his official visit to West Lafayette this past weekend.
“I loved the city, I loved the campus, it was real nice,” Dawkins said. “Everything was just big. Then I loved the fact that the academics are really good there. I also loved that they’re in the Big Ten.”
A key part of Trinity’s last three state championships, Dawkins rushed for 1,479 yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior while adding another 367 yards receiving and five scores. As a junior, he ran for 1,901 yards and 32 touchdowns. Cincinnati and Illinois also extended scholarships.
Dawkins father Ralph shined as a running back at Louisville before playing for the New Orleans Saints. His uncle Brian Dawkins has enjoyed a long professional career playing safety for the Philadelphia Eagles and Denver Broncos.