While he still considers himself a North Carolina pledge, Mike Dykes has been in the process of…
Still committed to North Carolina?
Who 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."
Mike is 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."
The 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."
Mike was on his official visit at Ole Miss with another North Carolina commitment, Da'Norris Searcy.
"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."
New 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."
Anymore 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."
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