Dodson to Visit His No. 1

Scout brings you a few different updates on rising 2013 Tennessee running back Mark Dodson.

"I'm visiting Ole Miss January 28th," reported the Memphis Whitehaven product, who noted that the Rebels have been recruiting him hardest since handing him his first offer his sophomore year.

"We've had a ton of coaches come by the school the last couple weeks. But, man, Ole Miss knocks down the doors," Dodson laughed. "Coach (Maurice) Harris is the one recruiting me- he's a Whitehaven grad. He played here. He actually started his coaching career here, too."

"I'd say, at this point, Ole Miss is my top school. But there are some other schools I'm liking and definitely want to look in to."

Like Oregon and Oklahoma State, two schools that have recently reached out since viewing the elusive 5-foot-9, 175-pounder's film.

"They both called my head coach this week and said they like what they see. Want to get me out for visits," said Dodson.

Rounding out his Fave Four is Alabama.

"The only thing with Alabama is I looked them up, and they have three running backs committed this year. We'll see if they all sign. After Signing Day is when I do my research and see how many running backs each school signs."

Depth in the backfield is something Dodson is focusing closely on.

"I'd like early playing time. Obviously I'd have to earn it, but I atleast want the shot."

Going away from home is something high on Dodson's list, as well.

"I know I don't want to stay in Memphis," he said. "It's time for me to go out on my own, grow up, be a man."

And if need be, he will always have his cousin, mentor, and current Memphis receiver Marcus Rucker to turn to.

"Marcus and I are real close. He's been helping me through this (recruiting) process. I know he'll always be there," said Dodson.

The best piece of advice Rucker has given the young athlete?

"Flat out, coaches will lie," Dodson said. "(Marcus) said that's why you got to ask lots of questions, and know what you want and what you don't want."

(On that note, a strong Public Administration program is another item to be added to Dodson's 'Want' List.)

And while the running back anxiously awaits his trip to Ole Miss, stay on for more updates.

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