The Heart of A Warrior

Little Rock Christian junior tailback Michael Dyer (5-10, 200, 4.4) - who has rushed for over 4,600 yards the past two seasons - shares his thoughts on his team's season, his battle through a pair of injured ankles and what schools he has the most interest in.

At one point Little Rock Christian junior tailback Michael Dyer was thinking long and hard about a short recruiting process instead of an extended one.

It's a given that the short process would have ended with a commitment to the University of Arkansas.

Although the Razorbacks would still have to be considered the favorite, Dyer has now decided that the extended one is the best for him.

"I've thought about it and you only get to go through this once," Dyer said. "So I am going to take all my visits and see what the best decision is for me."

Dyer (5-10, 200) – expected to be a 5-star recruit and regarded as one of the nation's top five backs in the 2010 class - said Sunday night that he would likely take all five of his official before announcing a decision.

The likely destinations for those at the moment would be Arkansas, Alabama, Florida, LSU and Georgia Tech.

"I will probably take a few (unofficial) visits before the season starts and probably take all of my official visits," said Dyer, who also has offers from Ole Miss and Tulsa.

He has visited Arkansas several times unofficially and been to one Alabama game.

Dyer – who rushed for 2,710 yards as a sophomore and over 1, 900 as a junior - watched the Razorbacks' 31-30 win over LSU.

"I wasn't at the game, but I did see it on TV," Dyer said. "I think Arkansas' future is very bright. They may not have been the best team this year, but they showed a lot of heart in not giving up and coming back and winning that game. That says a lot about their players and coaches, who I really like being around. They are still at the top of my list since I have lived in this state all my life."

The visit to top-ranked Alabama was for the Crimson Tide's 32-7 win over Mississippi State.

"It was a good experience," Dyer said. "I got to visit with the coaches and just see what it was about."

Dyer has been accompanied on his visits to Arkansas and on the one to Alabama by Little Rock Christian junior tight end Dakota Mosley (6-5, 240), who transferred in from Farmington.

"We have become really good friends and he did a great job for us this season," Dyer said. "He has great hands and I think he is going to have a great season for us next year."

Little Rock Christian finished the year 7-4 with a trio of losses to end the season.

Those happened in large part because Dyer hobbled to the finish line with a pair of injured ankles.

Dyer twice had over 300 yards this season, but the ankle injuries limited him to less than 150 combined in his final trio of games.

"We struggled early, but then got it going and won like seven straight," Dyer said. "We got kind of banged up as a team toward the end and didn't finish like we wanted to. I had a lot of goals that I didn't get to reach, but it will just make me work harder."

Dyer, Mosley and quarterback Jesse Stone, who filled in for the injured Griffin Kuhn until the last two games, will return to lead the way for the Warriors next season.

"The best thing is that Jesse got all those games at quarterback so he will be good to go next year," Dyer said. "He won 7 games and really only lost one that really wasn't his fault."

Little Rock Christian head coach Johnny Watson has stepped down to become the full-time athletic director with assistant Justin Kramer taking over.

"I'm excited about Coach Kramer taking over," Dyer said. "I think it is going to be fun and even more intense. I think if we work hard we have a chance to be better than last season when we got to the title game."

Dyer, who sports a 3.42 grade point average, will not play basketball this season.

"I am just going to concentrate on getting healthy and getting better," Dyer said.

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