After capping off his senior season with a monster performance in the state championship game, it's not a surprise that teams made a pretty strong push for Rivals250 White Haven (Tenn.) running back Mark Dodson Jr. But with plans to enroll early at Ole Miss, Dodson shrugged most of the attention off, although he did give Vanderbilt coaches credit for their efforts.
"They were after it really hard," Dodson said. "They were selling their education program and the fact that they beat Ole Miss but Coach Franklin won six games in his first year just like Coach Freeze and I don't think [Franklin] will be there long. I think he'll get a better offer and take it and I'm looking for that stability."
Dodson has already finished up his classes for the fall semester and said he's just been enjoying the state title celebration while preparing to leave for Oxford.
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"It was remarkable to come back and see the fans and the student body waiting for us," Dodson said. "It's been great ever since then just having fun and celebrating with the community."
Dodson said he signed a grant-in-aide letter last week, clearing the way for him to enroll at Ole Miss next month.
"I'm in contact with the coaches just about every day," he said. "I move in Jan. 20 and class start Jan. 21. I'm going back to high school for a few days just to enjoy it and say goodbye but I'm ready to get to Ole Miss."
Dodson said he'll continue to recruit for Ole Miss as long as he can, but like most people around the Rebels program he knows that No. 1 player Robert Nkemdiche is the key.
"A lot of guys are waiting to see what he'll do," Dodson said. "I hope he joins me at Ole Miss."