East Texas ATH picking up interest

Every year east Texas has good teams in each classification whether its class 5A or 1A. But to be good means having a little talent. The Atlanta Jackrabbits certainly have that.

Every year east Texas has good teams in each classification whether its class 5A or 1A. But to be good means having a little talent. The Atlanta Jackrabbits certainly have that.

In coach Matt McClure's first year as head coach at the program, he inherited a 1-9 team in 2010 and resurrected them to a 5-6 team in 2011 which included a trip to the class 3A playoffs.

McClure admits you have to have good players to accomplish what he did. And does he have some good ones.

Among the players who are receiving interest early on from various programs is athlete Everett Dickerson. The 6-foot, 170-pounder do-everything player currently has an offer from Arkansas State and is receiving interest from TCU, Arkansas and Missouri.

"He's a very versatile player, he started at safety for us and played some runningback and obviously excelled," McClure said of Dickerson. "He was the special teams player of the year in our district (15-3A). He had a kickoff return of 100 yards against Tatum early in the year. He started as a sophomore.

"He'll play safety for us and runningback. He rushed for over 100 yards in four games once we got going. Once we got terminology and everything and got in a groove offensively we started using him in the backfield with Corion(Webster).

Dickerson was one of several prospects who attended the Sunday junior day at TCU. Although he didn't receive an offer on his visit, Dickerson was still impressed with his visit.

"It was cool and real nice, the coaches were nice. It seemed like they know what they're really doing down there; playing wise and academic wise," Dickerson said. "We went around the whole campus and saw how college life was and how the classes looked. They're not like Texas where you have a class with over 100 people; they have around 20 people in a class so you could really have more one-on-one time with the teacher. That would make it easier."

As a safety for Atlanta, Dickerson has the ability to play safety or corner. The Horned Frogs are recruiting him for either position and want to see him up close over the summer to gauge where he fits better.

"They want me to come back during the summer and see how I do at safety and cornerback," Dickerson said.

A high graduation rate, player development and program prestige are a few reasons why Dickerson is interested in TCU. It doesn't hurt that the roster is filled with players from his part of the state either.

"I didn't know how big they were and there was so much more that I didn't know and they do most of their recruiting in east Texas," Dickerson said. "They get two or three star kids and make them better athletes. They also have an 89% graduation rate. They've had a winning record ever since Coach Patterson has been there. In the past five years they've had the most wins out of any team in Texas."

Dickerson has a few early favorites but he doesn't plan on making a decision too soon.

"I like TCU, Arkansas State," he said. "But, I'll just have to see closer to signing day on who all I like."


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