Utah named a finalist for 2023 4-star forward from Texas
Craig Smith’s Runnin’ Utes have made the final cut for a 4-star forward out of Houston, Texas.
Keanu Dawes, a 6-foot-7 recruit in the Class of 2023, announced his final six schools on Wednesday via social media. Dawes included Utah alongside BYU, Rice, Texas, Texas A&M, and Oklahoma State.
Top 150 senior Keanu Dawes has cut his list of options down to six programs, he tells @247Sports.
— Brandon Jenkins (@BJenkins247) August 10, 2022
Dawes rates as a 4-star prospect in the industry-generated 247 Composite. He’s the 103rd overall recruit in the class and the eighth-ranked prospect from the state of Texas.
Utah was the most recent of his finalists to extend an offer, back on July 20, but Dawes told 247Sports’ Brandon Jenkins that Smith and his staff have been recruiting him for a while.
“Craig Smith and Chris Burgess are recruiting me. That is my hometown so I would like to be able to go there and feel the love,” he said, via Jenkins. “The staff was at almost every single one of my games. They call a lot. Outside of basketball, they seem like nice people I would trust.”
The Utes don’t yet have a 2023 commit, but Dawes would be quite the start to the class. He’d be the second-highest-rated recruit to commit to the program during the 247Sports era.
He’s a bit of a late bloomer and has seen his recruitment really take off since the start of the year. He grew up playing guard, but a growth spurt has him looking like a versatile 4 at the college level. You can see some of his tape below: