RECRUITING: Dickson's life returns to normal

Life is starting to return to some semblance of normal for Richard Dickson, the four-star rated (by tight end/defensive end from Ocean Springs, Mississippi. His family home was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina but they've taken up residence in an apartment as they try to rebuild their lives.

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The fact that school is back in session and football season is starting once again is a sure sign that people are starting to recover from the devastation.

"School finally started back last week," said Dickson, who caught 23 passes for 399 yards and six touchdowns while helping Ocean Springs to the state 5A championship game last year. "It's been tough dealing with the storm damage and having to move".

Ocean Springs has a 2-1 record thus far. Dickson said that "football is helping to get things back to normal."

Because of the interruptions caused by the hurricane, Dickson really hasn't had a chance to narrow down his list of favorites. He still has ten schools that he is considering: Miami, Florida, Florida State, Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, LSU and Oklahoma.

Dickson said he would like to visit Gainesville but there is so much uncertainty now.

"I really want to get down to Florida for a visit, but I don't know when that's going to happen," said Dickson, who registered 92 tackles including 15 sacks and three interceptions last year from his defensive end position.

The only official visit he has on his agenda is to Oxford when Ole Miss hosts LSU (November 21). He made an unofficial visit to Tuscaloosa this past weekend to watch the Florida-Alabama game. Even though Florida lost, 31-3, to Alabama, Dickson came away from the game impressed with Gator quarterback Chris Leak's toughness in the face of a relentless Alabama defense.

"Chris Leak kept trying to do everything he could to throw the ball," said Dickson, who has achieved a 3.6 GPA in the classroom and an 18 on the ACT. "Bama's defense was fired up and very aggressive."

Dickson has been timed at 4.77 in the 40 yard dash. He can bench press 300 pounds and he has a 450-pound squat to go with a 33-inch vertical jump.

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