Dawson, a defensive end from Hanahan High School, picked Syracuse over Clemson and UCF, and did so by first telling Feinman his choice and letting his friend make the announcement.
Video of the announcement was shared by Scott Eisberg, the sports director for WCIV in Charleston, S.C., and the tweet had more than 18,000 likes in four-plus hours.
Dawson told the crowd gathered at the high school that Feinman taught him the only disability was a bad attitude. Dawson missed his senior year with a leg injury, but said Feinman inspired him to keep a positive attitude.
Wednesday was the first day of the early college football signing period, when most teams lock up the bulk of their 2019 recruiting classes. The early signing period has replaced the traditional February signing period as the primary time for high school players to make their verbal commitments binding by inking national letters of intent.