July 8, 2008

GA JUCO LB has Rebels in top three

Ole Miss has already offered Milledgeville (Ga.) Georgia Military College linebacker Tony Straughter and is now also after Straughter's teammate, Josh Dickerson.

Dickerson, a 6-foot-2, 220 pound prospect with 4.5 speed, had 32 tackles including four sacks as a freshman and has offers from Ole Miss, Tennessee, South Carolina, Marshall, East Carolina, Western Carolina and Minnesota.

Rebel defensive coordinator Tyrone Nix has much such an early impression on Dickerson that the outside linebacker has Ole Miss in his current top three.

"Ole Miss is a school that I think is on the rise," Dickerson said. "My top three are UT, South Carolina and Ole Miss."

While Dickerson declined to list which team is at the top of his list, he recently tripped to Tennessee and came away impressed.

"I liked it up there," he said about Tennessee. "Everything was nice and the coaches were easy to talk to."

Dickerson has never been to Ole Miss but has called Nix several times and a relationship between Dickerson's junior college coach and Nix could help the Rebel cause.

"My coach is telling me he as a good relationship with Coach Nix," Dickerson said. "I've not been to the campus, but I hope to get there soon. I probably won't go on an unofficial because of the distance, but I do plan to take an official there once our season gets started."

"I don't know a lot about Ole Miss," he continued. "But I do know that they need help at linebacker and that has me interested in them."

Dickerson came to Georgia Military College from Camden County HS in Kingsland, Ga. As a 6-foot-1, 194 pound prospect in 2007, he attracted only passing interest from the likes of Middle Tennessee and Western Kentucky and didn't receive an offer.

However, a year in junior college that has seen him grow an inch in height and tack on 25 pounds while retaining his 4.5 speed has attracted the six offers with more likely on the way.

In addition to his offers, Dickerson said he likes both Florida and Miami, but neither school is showing interest at this time.

Dickerson, who will graduate in December, will have three years to play his final two years of eligibility once he reports to his school of choice in January.

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