Dyer (5-10, 205) is one of the top players in the country according to the major recruiting services and his play on the field has validated that.
He is most certainly not a certainty to sign with the Razorbacks and thus that has created some anguish and anger among fans of his home state school.
There are new rumors that pop up every day – he's committing to Auburn soon, he will not go anywhere that doesn't offer his teammate and buddy Dakota Mosley, he is being pushed to go elsewhere and on and on.
Hawgs Illustrated's Dudley E. Dawson and Matt Jones caught up with Dyer for a few minutes Friday afternoon to get him to address some of those rumors and find out just where he stands in the recruiting process.
He also touches on his relationships with Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino and Razorback assistant Tim Horton, Auburn head coach Gene Chizak and assistant Gus Malazhn and Tennesse head coach Lane Kiffin and assistant Ed Orgeron.
He is participating in the VYPE 7-on-7 Tournament in Fayetteville Friday and Saturday, is not currently slated to attend Arkansas' One-Day camp on Sunday and will make an unofficial visit to Auburn on Monday with Mosley as the pair head through heading to Florida on vacation.
Hawgs Illustrated: There's obviously been a lot of talk and you read a lot and you hear a lot, so let's just get the point – what is kind of the timetable you have going and what process are you going through right now to get to that decision?
Michael Dyer: Right now I am making a list of about five to seven schools that I would like to continue to look at and try to narrow it down before school starts. Once I narrow it down to about three, I want to go back and look at them and see if that feeling is still there and then I am going to pick. It will be whenever I get my list together and whenever I get to visit those three schools again. So it could be quicker or later.
HI: You and I have always liked to get read of the rumors so – are you committing to Auburn this weekend?
Dyer: No, I am not committing to Auburn this weekend.
HI: There is a list of six schools or so out there that one service had, but you haven't got it narrowed down yet?
Dyer: No, I haven't, but if I had to make a top three up, my top favorites – Auburn, Arkansas and Tennessee.
HI: Yo've had a chance to be down there at Auburn. Just talk about what you like about Auburn. Obviously there are some Arkansas fans who don't understand. What is it about Auburn that you like about their program?
Dyer: It's more of how I really enjoy the coaches. I know them. Coach (Gus) Malzahn, I have a good relationship with. And me and Coach Horton have a good relationship.
That's fine, but then on the other side I have a good relationship with the head coach, too, at Auburn. Me and Petrino really haven't had a really genuine conversation. Because we really haven't had that connection yet. I mean I have spoken with him and we are building a relationship, but at this time I can't say that me and Petrino are good friends. I can say we are friends and we have talked, we've spoke to each other, but at Auburn I can say that the coach is good and the head coach and I have a relationship because we build one everyday. I can't say that about Arkansas, some people don't know that. If we take time to get to know each other it's different, but right now it hasn't been that way.
HI: Tennessee has Lane Kiffin trying to make a big push here, especially with Coach Orgeron. Talk about their program and what has them in that top three.
Dyer: It's the same thing as Auburn. Same relationship, same – I mean everyone runs a good system of football. It doesn't matter how you play - Ohio State or Florida. Everyone has their system, but if you come to me with good conversation and we can talk and get to know each other, that is a whole different ballgame. If we talk and not have a conversation than I can not like you, I can't feel what you are saying and then you want be in my list. If I have a conversation with you and I believe in what you are saying and my uncle and I trust you, then we can go beyond that talking, texting and that other stuff.
Right now Arkansas hasn't really – well, Tim Horton has done a good job of maintaining a relationship with me and building one every day. I can't say the same about Petrino.
HI: One other thing – let's just get it out of the way. Everybody thinks you and Dakota – he is going to go where Dakota goes, they are going to go together. Speak on that.
Dyer: The truth is me and Dakota would like to go to the same school if we have that chance. If Dakota's skill fits some other school, then he will go to that school and we will still connect and have a good friendship. Either way it goes, we will respect his decision and he will respect my decision. If we can go at the same time, that would be great – two high school kids going to college together. That would be awesome, but at the same time we understand what we would have to do for each other.
HI: Arkansas has not offered Dakota, of course, to this point. Your thoughts on that.
Dyer: I think, well, I am not going to say what I want to say, but I am going to be respectful. I feel like they should have already offered him. They have offered about a hundred people scholarships right now. I figure that he is in-state, he is a pretty good receiver, tight end, guard – whatever you want to put him at, he can play at. I just think that out of respect that could have a conversation and ask him why not, why haven't they done that. They haven't so there is a little aggravation there right now, but at the same time, he keeps going on so I am going to go on with him.
We still enjoy Arkansas and we want to be here, but welcome us and get to know us and that is really the point of us talking.