Dyer Reads His Notre Dame Literature

The possibility could've been so ridiculous, that Michael Dyer laughed for a second at the thought of it.

This past season, Michael Dyer ran for 1,900 yards for Little Rock (Ark.) Academy. However, most of those yards were gained on a sprained ankle.

When asked if healthy, how many yards would you have rushed for, the 5-foot-10, 195-pound Dyer snickered before saying, "a lot."

Dyer, a four-star running back and Scout.com top-100 recruit in the class-of-2010, was in San Antonio the first week of January for the National Underclassmen Combine, a showcase for some of the nation's top juniors. Dyer said his ankle wasn't 100 percent for the event, but he still did one-on-one drills and impressed enough to earn Scout.com second team all-combine honors.

Another thing Dyer has earned is a few scholarship offers.

Arkansas, Alabama, Stanford, Oregon, Ole' Miss and Tulsa have stepped to the table with full-rides. Dyer is most familiar with the Razorbacks and Crimson Tide programs, and has tabbed those two as his early favorites. However, he is prepared to listen to all the other suitors that he doesn't know much about.

"I give them the same observations," Dyer said of the other schools courting him. "I just haven't been to Notre Dame or Florida. I've been to Arkansas and Alabama. All the schools interested in me, I give the same observation. Once I get to know the players and coaches and atmosphere, that's when I'll give my judgment towards a school."

Notre Dame is indeed one of those many other programs sending a lot of literature to Dyer.

"I got some letters from the coaches and I kind of read through their programs they've sent, and I like what I've read," Dyer said. "I've watched them on TV a couple times. They're pretty good.

"I've been reading up on their tradition. I'm not that familiar with it, but I've read over a few things about it.

"This year and next year, they'll be where they're supposed to be at. I don't know if this team will be as good as Brady Quinn's bunch, but I think they'll step out and do as much as they can."

Dyer has a 3.5 GPA and wants to major in business. He has plans to go to Oklahoma's junior day, and is also thinking about attending a few others. Besides Alabama and Arkansas, Tulsa is the only other campus Dyer said he's ever visited.

"We're looking at LSU's, but we haven't really sat down and talked about it yet."

Inside the Alamo Dome at the junior combine, Dyer's father said he'd like his son to take a trip up to South Bend.

"Notre Dame is a school I'd like him to see," Andre Dyer said. "The history about it."

Dyer isn't sure when he's going to make his verbal commitment. He said it could come in the summer, but it could also wait until after his senior season.

"I'm looking at a place where I'm getting in well with the coaches, and the atmosphere, and the classrooms, and stuff like that."

If he would've been healthy, it's easy to see why Dyer thinks he could've ran for an insane amount of yards this past fall. As a sophomore, he ran for 2,710 yards, and since then, college recruiters have been singing his praises.

"My quickness, my ability to run, they always say my wheels and my strength, and my attitude towards the game."


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