Things have been on the up and up for DaRon Dickey and his Berea High School teammates. Off to a strong 4-1 start, the Bulldogs have seen a rise in their support in the stands on Friday nights. Dickey along with his teammates and coaching staff have helped turn the Bulldogs into a winner and deservedly so. We caught up with the Bulldogs' signal caller to talk about the very latest regarding his senior season, recruiting, and much more.
Talking about the success that the Bulldogs have enjoyed thus far Dickey relayed that there's no room for complacency in his or his teammates' minds.
"It feels good to be in the position that we're in. We've opened a lot of peoples eyes. But it doesn't mean anything until our ultimate goal is done," Dickey said.
In fact Dickey said last week's game provided him the opportunity to give his best performance on the season thus far. He elaborated about the hard fought victory over Pickens.
"The Pickens game last week. They were undefeated and ranked 10th in the state. They also chose us for homecoming and we didn't take that lightly. I finished with 205 rushing yards behind a great push up front. Things were bumpy along the road but when everything clicked we made plays and won 20-13."
Dickey scored 2 touchdowns on the ground and also threw for another score in the win over a tough Pickens bunch.
Switching gears up we turned the conversation to recruiting and he talked about the very latest as to who he's hearing from and also about some recent visits that he's made.
"Right now I'm hearing from a lot of Southern Conference and South Atlantic Conference schools. Out of everybody I'd say that Furman, Wofford, Western Carolina, Carson Newman and Wingate are recruiting me the hardest right now."
Dickey holds an offer from Western Carolina already and we asked him if he's had a chance to go visit with the Catamounts.
"No I havent yet, but I plan to go in the latter part of the season or after the season for an official visit."
That hasn't stopped Dickey from hitting the road to check out others though. The Berea standout talked at length about each visit and what he liked most about each school:
Furman-"It's in my backyard. I love the fact that it wouldn't be hard for my family to get to any of my games there. The education that I would get at Furman would also be great."
Clemson-"Death Valley is a place like no other with fans like no other and being in that atmosphere and playing under Coach Swinney would be awesome."
South Carolina-"I went to the USC-Georgia game and the SEC atmosphere was crazy! I have an old coach that graduated from USC (WR Jermale Kelly) and he was one of the last players from Berea to make it D1. He's been my inspiration to try and make it to that level that he was once at."
Dickey also shared with us what he's looking for when examining potential schools.
"Education, staff, scheme, and location. I also want to have a relationship with my coaches, not just a coach to player relationship. I want to be able to approach my coach about any and everything."
He says if he were to choose a major today it would be between education or engineering. A member of the National Honor Society and taking AP courses currently Dickey has the smarts to go with the athleticism that college coaches will like.
Right now he says he has no favorites and is still open to anyone who wants to recruit him. Should he get the right vibe about a program though a decision could be made sooner than later.
"I want to make my decision as soon as possible, so whenever that perfect fit comes along then I'll make my choice."
Stay tuned to SCPrepNation.com for more updates concerning DaRon Dickey and other top prospects in the Palmetto State.
Dickey has been an All-County, All-Region, and Greenville Touchdown Club award winner during his career.