Interview: Gavin Dickey

The state's best quarterback has 21 written offers at this time, and he's already narrowed his list down to a final four. The Hurricanes have made the cut, and Dickey explains why in this indepth interview.

When I watched Dickey in the spring during practice, I felt he was a borderline Top 50 kid in the state and a mid level Div 1 prospect at quarterback, primarily because of his lack of size (5-11 and 180).

But then when I reviewed the intangibles and watched some of his junior tapes, he becomes a better prospect every time you watch him. He does two things that are most important in today's college quarterbacks - he wins games (28-1 over the last two seasons, including a Class 6A state title) and completes passes (62 percent during those 29 games).

Mechanically, he improved tremendously at the Elite 11 Camp in late July, where he was one of the best quarterbacks at the camp, which featured several of the nation's best.

Your current core GPA: 2.8

Your current test score: I got a 980 the first time.

Which schools have sent you scholarship offers in the mail: Wow, there's a lot. I have them written down, hang on ... Clemson, LSU, Purdue, Southern Cal, Syracuse, Arkansas, South Florida, Nebraska, Northwestern, West Virginia, Alabama, Missouri, Wake Forest, Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida State, Florida, Miami, and South Carolina.

Has everyone offered you as a quarterbac: No sir. A lot of them offered me as a wide receiver or an athlete. Like Florida State. I eliminated all of them, because I want to play quarterback.

If signing day were tomorrow, what's it looking like: I'm pretty much down to four. Southern Cal leads Miami, Georgia Tech, and Notre Dame.

Why does Southern Cal lead: They were the first to offer me as a quarterback. Norm Chow, their offensive coordinator, is the best quarterbacks coach in the country. And I would fit into their system really well.

Talk about Miami: They also offered me as a quarterback. They're the only team in the state that offered me as a quarterback. Ken Dorsey is a junior and that means I could go in there, redshirt one year, then compete for a starting spot my second season. Plus, they will surround me with the best players.

Have you scheduled any visits yet: I dont have any dates, but I will visit Southern Cal, Miami, Georgia Tech, and Notre Dame. A couple of my teammates (Pat Watkins and Greg Threat) are going to visit Miami with me. My coach doesn't like us taking visits during the season, so I'll probably take all four visits in January, then make my commitment close to signing day.

Personally, I like our chances with this one, especially if Watkins also strongly considers the Hurricanes. If Miami turns up the heat on Dickey late in the season, and he has a great visit and Watkins is still considering the Hurricanes, you gotta like our chances at least as much, if not more, than the Trojans. But we'll see, and it's a long ways off, but I'll be sure to keep everyone updated on Dickey's status throughout the season.

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