So, when Dawson signed, I wrote this:
"Scout: 4 stars, #28 nationally, #6 small forward. I would expect that this rating will be rising soon, as Dave Telep, Scout's head basketball recruiting expert, is one of Dawson's biggest proponents."
And so it went: in Scout's newly-released rankings, Dawson gains a fifth star and moves up 13 places in the national rankings to #15 (#4 small forward). [EDIT: And Rivals now has moved him from #25 to #13 nationally.]
And best of all, he's going to be a Spartan.
Here's a recent NW Indiana news article talking about G/F Branden Dawson. Dawson is a big-time 2011 recruit (Rivals Top 20) who could help deal with the loss of Durrell Summers.
Though this article attempts to update his recruitment in general, it talks about MSU's involvement a lot. Izzo was recently in Gary after the Wisconsin loss to meet with him. This is a recruitment to watch.