Dickey Talks About Decision

Somebody find a plumber, there's a leak in Florida. Gavin Dickey, the 6-foot-0, 190 pound quarterback from state-champion Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln, committed last night during a home visit. New head coach Ron Zook left about 9 pm Monday night and less than nine hours later Dickey was awakened by calls asking if he had indeed verballed...

Dickey, who called Student Sports from his school football office, where he was doing local TV interviews, pulled the trigger last night on announcing his college choice, choosing Florida over Clemson. So why the Gators?

"I feel that it's a great opportunity," he told Student Sports Tues. morning, "especially with Brock Berlin leaving (to the Univ. of Miami). I can be a backup or redshirt next year and then get the chance to start for three years after that."

Dickey, who runs a 4.4 in the 40 and is a dangerous running threat, put up big numbers the last two years. He led Lincoln to a Florida 4A title this year with 2,628 yards and 32 aerial touchdowns and passed for 1,400 yards and 18 TDs as a junior to earn Student Sports Junior All-American honors.

He also rushed for more than 2,000 yards as a starter.

Dickey, named the state's Gatorade Player of the Year, launched himself as a national QB prospect at last summer's Student Sports Elite 11 camp, where he showcased his multiple-threat talents along with 11 other top national signal-callers.

At the Elite 11, he was chosen as the player with the "best feet," and received high praise from Camp Director Bob Johnson, who said: "Gavin has great speed and footwork and has the arm to make all the throws. He has a dynamic personality and other players gravitate towards him... if he gets in the right system, he'll flourish."

Dickey said he isn't concerned with the new head coach and staff.

"I had a chance to sit down with them and go over the system they'll use and learn it's history. It'll be a mixture of what the coaches bring in from their years at Middle Tennessee, Marshall and Florida."

The senior said Clemson was the runner-up and his trip to the ACC school helped finalize his decision.

"It's a great school, but I didn't feel as comfortable there, partly because it's so far away."

Lincoln High has put several players into the nearby Florida State football program, but Dickey says he's not worried about going to the Seminoles arch-enemy.

"Yea, the Lincoln people will probably get on me for becoming a Gator," he laughed, "but that (criticism) just comes with the territory."

Dickey was scheduled to trip to USC January 25 but said he's now done taking any more official visits.

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