RECRUITING: Sooners in the mix for Mississippi TE

Ocean Springs, Miss. tight end Richard Dickson talks about his interest in Oklahoma.


The more college recruiters and recruiting guru's watch Richard Dickson, the more they like what they see.

Dickson goes into his senior year a three-year starter, moving into the starting line-up as a sophomore at defensive end and fullback. Last season, Dickson played tight end and defensive end and he is being recruited on both sides of the ball.

"I have just as many offers at tight end as I do D-end," said Dickson. "I don't care which side of the ball I play on, I just want to make sure I go with what gets me on the field the quickest. Right now I can't tell which one I like better. I just started to play tight end last year and I really like it, so right now I like them both equally."

Dickson finished last season with 90 tackles, 30 tackles for loss and six sacks at defensive end. At tight end, he had 500 yards receiving averaged 14 yards per catch.

Dickson can bench 330 pounds, squats 450 and was tested in the vertical jump two years ago and posted a 32. Dickson has also started in hoops since he was in 10th grade averaging 12 points and 11 rebounds per game.

This summer, Dickson went to the Ole Miss camp and he has taken unofficial visits to Auburn, Florida State, Mississippi State and LSU.

"I really don't know what to think about recruiting at this point, but I know it is exciting and pretty incredible that so many great schools think I can play," said Dickson, who has 28 offers. "I really want to get my decision down to two or three schools pretty quick so I can get it over with. I am looking at Florida, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, LSU, Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Miami and Florida State. That is what I have cut it down to right now, and I am going to cut it down to five in the next couple of weeks."

What are his thoughts on Oklahoma?

"I like them," said Dickson "Theywere really recruiting me hard early and recently I have received a couple of text messages. Oklahoma is most likely one of the schools that I am going to visit. I don't have a favorite right now."

Dickson is considering a number of schools down South, so his he looking to sign with a school close to home?

"Staying down South could work out for me because it is close to home," said Dickson. "Oklahoma, Tennessee and Miami are all great programs and they are not close to home. Staying close to home would be nice, but I am willing to go away from home. I just want to go to a school where I feel comfortable. It doesn't matter where it is."

Dickson has qualified.

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