April 7, 2009

Five-star talks about Ole Miss' chances

Little Rock (Christian) consensus five-star running back Michael Dyer didn't show up for Ole Miss' junior day in late January. And, he missed the one at the end of February and wasn't on campus last Saturday for a mini-junior day. That doesn't mean that Rebel fans shouldn't give up the fight just yet.

I've had a relationship with coach (Houston) Nutt and the staff since I was in the ninth grade," Dyer said on Monday evening. "Ole Miss will get serious consideration."

Rated as the No. 9 prospect in the country by Rivals.com, Dyer has rushed for approximately 5,500 yards over the past three seasons at Christian. As a junior, he was named first-team all-state as well as the state's Gatorade Player of the Year after running for 1,984 yards (8.2 yards per carry) and 19 scores. In 2007 he was named EA Sports' National Sophomore Player of the Year after accumulating 2,710 yards (9.7 yards per carry) on the ground and 28 touchdowns.

Dyer has spent the spring making the rounds. He's been to Auburn, Georgia Tech, Oklahoma and Tulsa to name a few schools.

And while he said he's up to "between 20 and 30 offers," he said he's not ready to name a top five. He's been offered by at least seven SEC teams - every team from the SEC West except Mississippi State and by Florida and Tennessee in the East Division.

"I'm really interest in about everyone who has offered," he said. "I don't have a top five or anything."

Not only did Dyer have a relationship with Nutt and his staff at Arkansas, Nutt's success in the running game and in recruiting running backs hasn't been lost on Dyer.

"He recruited and coaches guys like Darren McFadden and Felix Jones and has put a lot of guys in the league," Dyer said. "He's also a coach who is always going to have a successful running game. I could definitely see myself playing for coach Nutt."

Ole Miss' success last year in Nutt's first year also could help the Rebels in Dyer's recruitment.

"I followed them a lot last year," he said. "I know they won the Cotton Bowl by a large margin. I know they're going to be really good again this year."

Despite Ole Miss making an impression from a distance, the fact remains that Dyer has never been to Ole Miss, a situation that will change sooner or later.

"If I don't make it over this spring, then I'll definitely go over for a camp this summer," he said.

Dyer said his GPA is up to 3.8 and he recently took the ACT for the first time.

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