Whitehaven RB seeing what's out there

Mark Dodson is a 5-foot-10 running back out of Whitehaven that's dead-set on seeing what the rest of the country has to offer. He has unofficial visits set up to Alabama and Arkansas in the next month and has a long list that includes UCLA, Stanford, Oregon, Alabama, Auburn, Arkansas, and Memphis.

Mark Dodson has plenty of time to decide on a school — he's only a junior — but before he does, he plans on sitting his mother down.

"I'm just going to tell her that I'm trying to have fun and live life," Dodson said. "A man's got to get out of his mom's house."

Dodson, a 5-foot-9 running back at Whitehaven (Memphis, Tenn.) is looking to get out of his hometown of Memphis and experience what the rest of the country has to offer.

"I just want to get out of the city and live life," Dodson said.

With the way his list of schools is shaping up, Dodson will certainly have a chance to do that.

He's hearing from the SEC to the Pac-12, from Alabama to UCLA. This Saturday, he will take an unofficial to Alabama for the Tide's game against Arkansas. Then, on Oct. 8, he will visit Arkansas unofficially for its game against Auburn.

Although Dodson has plans to leave the city of Memphis, he said he still has great respect for the University of Memphis and its coach, Larry Porter, who's recruiting Dodson.

"Memphis is a good school," Dodson said. "They're having a difficult season. When he gets settled in with the players, he'll start a great tradition."

Dodson said Porter, a former running back for the Tigers, is a respected recruiter around the city.

"He's a well-known guy," Dodson said. "He's generous and he likes to show his recruits what he really wants."

One thing Porter has working for him: Redshirt junior receiver Marcus Rucker, who graduated from Whitehaven, is Dodson's cousin.

Dodson said his intent is to decide next August, shortly after his senior year at Whitehaven starts.

He said he's looking for a place where he can immediately play without having to redshirt.

"The importance is what the depth chart looks like, knowing I'm going to do whatever it takes to get on the field," Dodson said.

Until then, Dodson said he's focused on the current season with the Tigers, who are currently undefeated halfway through the season.

"We're just trying to stay humble and keep up what we've been doing," Dodson said.

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