Dodson Earns Texas Offer

Dodson Earns Texas Offer

Memphis, Tenn., RB Mark Dodson arrived back home from the Offense/Defense All-American game with an offer from Texas. Does the Longhorn offers change anything with his Ole Miss commitment?

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"Everything is all good," Dodson said by text when asked where his Ole Miss commitment stands. "I'm a Rebel, man!"

Scout.com's #35 rated running back was overlooked by the Under Armour and Army All-American games and played in the Offense/Defense All-American game. He takes it all in stride.

"I've always been underrated. It's all good though. I'll show them throughout my collegiate career why I should've been the number one back in the nation."

The Offense/Defense All-American game was a good experience.

"It was good to get a better feel for the change of the game speed. I think I can go into Ole Miss and make an immediate impact. I know I can compete with the game speed being fast. I can come in and produce early. I got the butterflies at first over there (at the All-Star game). They were bigger and faster athletes who are smarter than what I've been playing down here in Tennessee, but it didn't take about an hour for me to get adjusted. I didn't have any doubts once the game rolled around. I played great."

Dodson was named the Offense/Defense Offensive MVP at the game. He arrived back home and learned that the former Memphis head coach, Larry Porter, who left to become the running back coach at Arizona State last season, was hired at Texas.

"He called me and told me I had a full ride to Texas. He was basically keeping it real with me. Coach Porter said they have three returning backs on scholarships along with two fullbacks. They're looking to take one to two more backs in this class and they want me to be one of them. He said I was a huge priority for them."

Tennessee's Mr. Football was honored to be that highly thought of by Texas.

"I was like, man, I was getting prepared to enroll at Ole Miss and he told me I could still enroll at Texas so I need to make a quick decision. He just told me to do what is best for me and to talk it over with my mom. My mother doesn't get too involved in the recruiting process so it is all up to me."

It didn't take long for Ole Miss to learn of the news.

"Five minutes later the Ole Miss coaches called. I was like, dang, how did you find out about it so fast? Coach Freeze told me he stays on top of his top guys and told me again how important I am to his class. I told coach Freeze and coach Nix that they knew I was sticking with them. They said it just makes it look even better for me and them for me to get a Texas offer."

What next?

"I'm moving down to Oxford on January 18th and will start classes on the 22nd. I'm going in there with the mind frame of getting in the rotation next fall. I want to become a freshman All-American."

The 5' 10", 192-pound back helped Whitehaven to a 15-0 record and rushed for over 3,000 yards and 38 touchdowns while being named the Gatorade Player of the Year in the state of Tennessee.



Yancy Porter is the Mississippi Scout for Scout.com and he can be reached at yporter@scout.com

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