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WRA’s Eli Dawson signs with Navy for football

By Michael Beaven Published: February 8, 2013

Western Reserve Academy senior Eli Dawson signed a commitment to attend the Naval Academy Prep School for one year before enrolling at the United States Naval Academy in the fall of 2014 to play football.

Dawson, a Columbus native, is a wide receiver and linebacker for the Pioneers.

“The Naval Academy stood out because it offers the opportunity to play Division I football, receive a world-class education and be part of a real football family,” Dawson said. “I also want to surround myself with a community of individuals who are committed to being successful, and my visits lead me to believe I would be successful not only over the next four years, but moving forward after college.”

Dawson had 75 tackles (seven for loss) and six sacks for WRA as a senior. He also contributed 22 receptions for 210 yards.

“Eli is a great leader who is not afraid to say what needs to be communicated to his teammates,” WRA coach Jeff Hildebrand said. “Eli always plays with a high motor and is a fine example of a hard worker.”

Dawson plans to major in economics at the Naval Academy.

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