TUTTLE — Dawson Bassett finally got the scholarship offer he had been waiting for.
As the younger brother of former Oklahoma State defensive end Cooper Bassett, Dawson had always dreamed that he'd get a chance to follow in his big brother's footsteps.
“It's always been my dream to play at OSU,” Dawson said. “Everyone knows who my brother is, if you read The Oklahoman at all, you know who he is. I've definitely wanted to be that guy.”
But as signing day neared, Dawson still hadn't received an offer from the Cowboys.
“Missouri recruited me hard during this whole process,” Dawson said. “They had told me early last week they were leaning towards offering me and that's what my focus was on.”
Dawson's focus changed after he got a call from his big brother.
“My brother called me last week and said that if I get a phone call from Stillwater I needed to answer it, even if I'm in class,” Dawson said.
That phone call came from Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy.
“My phone went off when I was at lunch,” Dawson said. “I answered and it was Mike Gundy. He ended up offering me and I accepted. I was completely shocked.”
Cooper has no doubts the Cowboys made the right decision to offer his younger brother. He even believes Dawson's career will overshadow his own at OSU.
“I've been telling people when it's all said and done for Dawson at OSU his stats and his career are going to be more impressive than my own,” Cooper said.
“Everyone's going to remember his name. People will be calling me his brother instead of the other way around.”
At 6-foot-4, 215 pounds Dawson went through the recruiting process without a definite position.
As a wide receiver and linebacker at Tuttle this season, Bassett had 32 receptions, 780 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns, along with 106 tackles, six interceptions and four sacks.
He will head to Oklahoma State with the expectation to play outside linebacker.
“I was recruited as an athlete, and it's still not 100 percent for sure, but as of right now I'm going to OSU as an outside linebacker,” Dawson said.
Dawson is the only Oklahoman in Oklahoma State's 2013 recruiting class.