The Dickey household just had ATH DaRon Dickey leave for Presbyterian College graduating from Berea this past year. The 2011 prospect is expected to line up on defense for the Blue Hose in the fall but the house won't be without a football star because younger brother Dorien Dickey is a fast rising prospect in the 2015 class. In fact, Dorien just finished playing with Team USA against some international competition recently and he had an opportunity to learn from one of the college game's greatest players in history. That's why Dorien Dickey is "UP NEXT" with SCPrepNation.com.
The 5'7 140 pound 2015 prospect just got home from Ohio and we talked with him about the event with Team USA.
"This past week I participated in the Team USA U15 International devlopment week. Sweden, Canada, and another USA team participated in the event. Coaches could have nominated you or you could have attended a USA football player academy."
"There were 28 guys on my team. They had me lined up at receiver, cornerback, and some slot. I was the only player from South Carolina."
Dickey says he and the Team USA contingent did quite well in the event too. He managed to make some pretty impressive plays in helping his country's efforts.
"Wednesday we had a 5 team jamboree and my team won 4 games and tied one. On Friday we played 2 full games where we beat Canada 21-0 and in the second game we beat Sweden 28-0."
In game 1 against Canada I scored a touchdown on a 50 yard pass. In game 2 I had another one when I scored on 15 yard touchdown off of a bubble screen."
During his time there Dickey said one team was coached by former Pittsburgh Steeler great Merrill Hoge and former Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard stopped by to speak to all of the players in attendance.
While others may have been too in awe to step up and talk to the former Heisman Trophy winner Dickey says he wasn't and asked Howard for some pointers. He told us all about how it felt to get a chance to learn from one of college football's all-time greats.
"It was a great help to me because I knew the other kids were not going to think about working with him. I wanted to get better so I asked him to help and he said he'd be more than welcome too so he helped me with my breaks and routes."
Berea will be young this season but the initial plan is for Dickey to play both JV and varsity. Uncertain as to exactly where the coaches plan on utilizing him he offered this up when asked if he preferred wide receiver or corner at this point.
"Either position is fine with me, whichever one gets me on the field quickest. I like cornerback though because I really like to lock down my opponent."
Last year on Berea's D team Dickey said he enjoyed a solid season despite missing a pair of games due to an injury.
"I scored 7 total touchdowns. I had 1 on a kickoff return, 1 passing, 2 receiving, and 3 rushing. I also had 6 interceptions in 6 games. I broke my collarbone so i didn't play the last 2 games."
Dickey is a player that we'll monitor over the course of the next 4 seasons as he's set to begin his high school career at Berea in just a few short weeks. Check out some photos of Dorien working out with former Heisman Trophy winner Desmond Howard below.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS...DORIEN DICKEY
Bench press: 155 pounds
Squat: 225 pounds
Fastest 40 time: 4.7 seconds
Pro Shuttle: 4.5 seconds
Dickey working on routes with Desmond Howard