"The trip went real well," added Mike Dykes. It was great to see their campus, stadium, and all of the coaches like Kehoe, "O" (Orgeron), Freeze, and Werner. They are great guys. It was also nice to meet their players, and I got a chance to meet some of their fans. I just had a great time."
was Dykes' player host?
"Thomas Eckers. He was cool. Me and him, I
guess you can say we got to know each other pretty well. He introduced me to all
of their players. I definitely feel like I fit in with their players. That was
the main reason I liked Ole Miss so much, their players."
an excellent student, and finding out about Ole Miss' academics was on the forefront
of his mind before he came on the visit.
"I learned a lot about their
academics. I met with the assistant Dean for their Business school. We went over
a lot of things. I learned a lot. I wanted to find out everything I could about
their business program, and I think I got that accomplished."
Ole Miss facilities also impressed Mike.
"I have never been around
practice facilities like theirs. They are nicer than the (Pittsburgh) Steelers.
It pretty much blew me away. I also got to see their stadium in person. They are
talking about enclosing it. I thought it was a great stadium."
was on his official visit at Ole Miss with another North Carolina commitment,
"We did not talk too much about football. We talked
about our other options, like Ole Miss, but we did not get into it too much. I
told him for the time being, I was definitely still committed (to North Carolina),
but I was still leaving my options open. He said he was leaving his options open
too. We were on the same page."
Dykes had a heart to heart with Coach
Orgeron before he left.
"We pretty much left it all on the table.
He told me how much he liked my film, and he also liked how good of a student
I was. He said I was the type of quality student/athlete he wanted to build his
program around. I told him I am still committed to North Carolina but that was
I going to keep my options open. They are a school that not only I like, but my
brother and mother like too. That definitely stands out to me."
Carolina head coach, Butch Davis, had a chance to talk to Dykes when he got home
from his visit.
"He called me and told me that he could not wait to
come see me in person so we can get to know one another. I have already taken
my official visit there, so he really only has one chance to meet me. I look forward
to seeing him face to face so I can get to know him personally."
official visits on tap?
"I have not set any up yet because I am in
basketball season, so I have to check out my schedule, but I definitely want to
check out Michigan State, N' Western, and hopefully West Virginia."
While he still considers himself a North Carolina pledge, Mike Dykes has been in the process of…