In the '03 season, Ocean Springs went 7-5 and made it to their 1st playoff appearance
in over 15 years. Then last season, they exploded and made it all the way to the
Class 5A Championship game.
Dickson's family is no stranger to athletics.
His grandfather starred at Ole Miss and his father did the same at MSU. Richard's
sister is currently enrolled at the University of Mississippi. This could be an
instate battle but do not count out LSU, Tennessee, Alabama, or Auburn, where
Richard camped at last summer.
Richard attended Ole Miss' Jr Day last weekend.
We called to see how his visit went:
The following information was
revealed during our interview with Richard Dickson:
What is your
current height and weight? "I am 6' 3 1/2", and they weighed me at 238
at Ole Miss the other day. But, I lost a lot of weight during the basketball season.
I usually play around 250 during the (football) season."
your last recorded 40 time? "I ran a 4.77."
Which position are
you bring recruited to play on the next level? "Really, no one knows for
sure yet. The just do not know yet. Their offensive coaches will tell me they
like me at TE, and their defensive coaches will tell me they like me at DE."
position do you prefer? "I really like both equally. I would not say I like
one over the other."
Which position showcases your skills the best?
"I have real good hands and speed at TE. That is probably where I look better."
are your strengths on the field? "I have always been bigger for my age than
most people, and I have always been faster than the people who are as big as me.
I have real good game speed. I am a lot faster with pads on than without them.
It is kind of strange. On defense, I have good closing speed. Like in a playoff
game against Hattiesburg, I ran down Jonathan Kirksey from behind, and he is one
of, if not the best, running backs in the state."
What are your working
on for the next level? "This is my first week back in football, as we just
got knocked out in basketball. I am just trying to get bigger, stronger, and faster,
like everyone else."
What do you max out at these days? "300/33"/450."
you set some strength goals? "I really want to be about 6' 4 - 6' 5",
around 255 and get my 40 time down to a 4.6 to a 4.7 flat. And strength wise,
I want to get my bench up to 360 - 370 by the end of the year."
long have you been starting for Ocean Springs? "!0th grade,"
ways? "I started on defense and played a little fullback in 10th grade. Last
year, I started at both TE and DE."
What were your stats? "I
would have to guess, but I would say around 90 - 100 tackles and 400 - 500 yards
receiving. I think I scored 6 TD's."
Any awards? "I was named
1st Team All-State (MAC) and 1st Team All-State by the Clarion Ledger.
I also made All-District, and All-South (Sun Herald)."
schools are currently recruiting you the hardest? "I would probably have
to say MSU, Ole Miss, Alabama, and probably LSU. Those are the main ones."
offers? "MSU and Ole Miss have both offered."
Going to any Jr
Days? "I went up to Ole Miss' last weekend."
Was this your first
trip to Ole Miss? "This was my first football trip. I go up there to see
my sister a lot. She goes to school at Ole Miss. But this was my firs visit to
just go up there and talk to their coaches and tour their athletic facilities."
did you learn? "I did not realize their facilities are so nice. They are
updated and new. And all of their coaches are real enthusiastic."
stood out the most? "My favorite thing about the trip was that I realized
how enthusiastic all of their coaches are and how excited they are about the upcoming
Did anyone accompany you on your trip? "C.J. Bailey
(QB for Moss Point) rode up there with me and my dad."
How did your
father like Ole Miss? "He liked it a lot, and he liked all of that stuff
they have up there. It was different for him because he played at MSU."
you plan to attend anymore Jr Days this Spring? "I wanted to go to all of
the (SEC) West schools, but I missed most of them because of basketball. I am
going to go to as many Spring games and spring practices as I can since I missed
most of the Jr Days."
Which camps did you attend last summer? "I
went to Alabama and Auburn."
And this summer? "I will probably
go to most of the combines, like the one at Ole Miss (Nike). I might go to a few
of the senior camps, like Tennessee, LSU, and Alabama."
are you keeping a close eye on? "Man, I would have to say Tennessee, LSU,
Ole Miss, MSU, and Alabama. And just recently, I started getting some stuff from
West Virginia. They have kind of sparked my interest. I really like their offense."
Trickett (West Virginia assistant coach) recruiting you? "Yea, he does. He
spends a lot of time in Mississippi because there are so many athletes in this
state, well, the ones that can get into school (laugh)."
What is your
current academic situation? "I have never even made a "C". I take
my books very seriously. I have a 3.7 GPA, and I have already made an 18 on the