There was the desire to watch the Tigers, the team he signed with just a month prior, work through the afternoon. An added benefit was that Richard Dickson, his older brother by four years, would be in pads with the group.
Yet, watching the Tigers was something he had grown used to over Richard’s college years, meaning it played second fiddle to the other business of the day.
The trip’s ultimate purpose was about Joe Morrow, a rising senior and teammate of Dickson’s at Ocean Springs.
“I knew that the LSU coaches really liked Joe, and I figured that if he started to get around the players and staff then he would feel a big attraction to the program,” Dickson said.
Thanks to the trip, Morrow picked up an LSU scholarship.
“Coach Miles talked with me a lot during that practice, and when he gave me the offer I was definitely surprised,” said Morrow, who tabbed himself as a Tiger fan growing up on the Gulf Coast. “Coach Miles pointed out how shallow they were at receiver and said that he wanted me to be a part of them rebuilding. He made me feel good when he said that he wanted the top guys.”
Morrow, ranked as a four-star and the No. 21 wide receiver prospect in the country, has since upped his offer total to nine, highlighted by the likes of LSU, Alabama, Auburn, Ole Miss and Mississippi State.
“Most of those coaches came by for my spring game last week,” Morrow said. “LSU sent coach Joe Robinson over. I like that because now I have gotten to know a lot of different coaches at LSU, and I feel like we are building pretty good relationships.”
As for his performance, the 6-foot-4, 200-pounder impressed coaches from the word go.
“On the second drive of the game we had the ball around midfield, and my coach called for a bomb and I went up, took it down and got into the end zone for the score,” Morrow said. “I had a couple of more screen passes thrown my way after that, and I took each for over 20 yards. It was definitely a strong day to have in front of all those different colleges.”
With the growing attention from staffs, Morrow said that he is not ready to trim his list - nor order the top schools in terms of preference. If now were decision time, however, Morrow feels that he would be in purple and gold.
“If I had to go ahead and shut things down now, LSU would be my favorite team,” he said. “Each school has different things they bring to the table, and I really do like all of them. But after researching LSU and seeing what guys they have and need to sign, I am comfortable.
“Some people are in my ear telling me that LSU had a bad season and that it could happen again, but for me it’s about getting to campus and showing the coaches what I can do. I don’t look at the wins and losses as much as the situation I would be walking into, and with LSU I feel good about getting to prove myself and play early.”
Morrow, who wrapped up his junior campaign with 40 receptions for 770 yards and 11 touchdowns, said that he is unsure what summer camps he will attend. There is also no current timetable for a decision.