April 16, 2009

Dickson impressed with visit to Ole Miss

Travis Dickson hadn't been to Ole Miss since he was a seventh-grader.

His sister, Carly, was an Ole Miss student then.

Over the past several years, Dickson has spent much more time at LSU, where his brother, Richard, is a standout tight end.

On Wednesday, however, the tight end/defensive end from Ocean Springs, Miss., made the trip north to Oxford to check out one of his brother's team's rivals.

"It was great," Dickson said as he made the return trip back to Mississippi's Gulf Coast. "The facilities were top-notch. They showed us the campus, The Grove and all of that. It was just amazing."

The 6-foot-3, 235-pound Dickson got to Oxford a few hours before the Rebels' spring practice. He got a chance to visit with several of the Rebels' coaches, including Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt.

"He kind of talked about the team's atmosphere," said Dickson, who is being recruited to Ole Miss by wide receivers coach Ron Dickerson Jr. "That's the first time I've gotten a chance to talk to Coach Nutt. It really impressed me with how close he gets to all the players.

"I talked to Coach (Terry) Price about playing defensive end. I also talked to Coach (James) Shibest and Coach Nutt about playing H-back. Right now, I just want to play wherever I could get on the field."

Dickson has offers from Auburn, Duke, Florida State, Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Missouri, Oregon, Nebraska, Southern Mississippi and Tennessee. He said Wednesday night that he's yet to eliminate any schools from consideration.

"There's really not a list or anything," Dickson said. "I'm just trying to get to know people, but Ole Miss stands pretty high. …I'm going to try to go up there to visit (this summer) and spend some more time with the coaches. "

Richard Dickson will be a senior this fall at LSU. Travis Dickson said there won't be family pressure to follow in his brother's footsteps, though LSU is a serious candidate for his collegiate signature.

"I know there won't be any pressure from my brother or from anyone in my family," Dickson said. "There's really not too much pressure."

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