TUTTLE — Dawson Bassett has always wanted to follow in the footsteps of his older brother and role model Cooper Bassett.
The 6-foot-4 senior receiver and linebacker grew up watching his brother — now a defensive stalwart for Oklahoma State — play Friday nights for Tuttle.
Dawson has watched Cooper go through a lot of the same things he is now going through. None, however, are as big as the recruiting process.
“My brother, he went through the same process and he kinda told me how it was going to go down, and he was pretty much right,” Dawson Bassett said. “It was really nice to have him tell me how it all was. That made it a little easier and less stressful.
“He told me to relax about not getting any offers yet, they'll come, and just play out there as a Tuttle Tiger and everything will fall into place.”
Bassett said he has received interest from Kansas, Missouri, Texas Tech and Oklahoma.
The offers will likely come, but not until late.
Unlike Cooper Bassett, Dawson just recently started the recruiting process. At times, it's gotten frustrating for Bassett, but like many times before his older brother has provided some words of wisdom.
“He was not a usual guy,” Bassett said. “He was a 6-foot-5 giant as a freshman. He got recruited a little earlier than me.
“He's up there with the coaches at Oklahoma State and they told him to tell me not to worry. It's just a process; it's a slow process. Everything is going to fall in place.”
It's certainly fallen in place before at Tuttle.
In the late 1990s, receiver Grant Hulsey and future Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Jason White teamed up to give the Tigers a potent offense.
Longtime Tuttle coach Philip Koons compares Bassett and quarterback Cooper Koons, who is the coach's son, with Hulsey and White in 1998.
“When Jason was a senior we had a wide receiver named Grant Hulsey, who was a tight end a lot like Dawson who's 6-4, very athletic and we would just like to get him in isolation situations and throw him the ball. Hopefully, that's kind of what we're looking at down the road here.”
Bassett had just eight receptions for 132 yards and a touchdown last season, but he has blazing speed with a 4.6 in the 40-yard dash.
He also has the perfect personality for the team. It's perfect enough for Philip Koons to say he's the type “of guy that you wouldn't mind dating your daughter.”
That may be his ticket to the next level.
“Even this year I told him coming into fall camp, I was like, ‘Man, you've really come a long way since last year.'” Cooper Koons said. “His demeanor seems to be like he wants to go get it a little more. That's what I've noticed in him this year.”
Bassett is also a standout on the baseball field and could attract college interest there. But he admits football is where his heart is.
And that's likely where he will be next year in college, just like his older brother.
“It's definitely what I want,” Bassett said. “My brother did it; Jason White did it. I don't know how I compare to those guys, but I definitely don't want to fall short of that.”