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Tuesday, January 8, 2013
4-star RB Dodson unsure of Texas offer

By Dave Hooker

Mark Dodson Jr. isn't sure what to think. First, he received a scholarship offer from Texas. Now, he can't get a return phone call.

"I'm not frustrated," the running back from Memphis (Tenn.) Whitehaven said Tuesday. "You just have to play the game by the books."

The ESPN 300 prospect said he received his scholarship offer from running backs coach Larry Porter last week. The 5-foot-10, 183-pound Dodson was interested from the get-go.

"He told me to run it by my parents," the No. 295 prospect in the nation said. "I've been trying to get him all week."

Dodson said he has called Porter as many as four or five times a day, to no avail.

"I'm not sure what it is," he said.

Dodson signed non-binding scholarship papers with Ole Miss since he's planning to enroll in college in January. That means he has only a few days to take an official visit to Texas, then decided whether he will enroll there or at Ole Miss. Clearly, there's strong interest in the Longhorns. The exposure of being in the state, he believes, will help him make it to the NFL.

"Your name will get out there if you do your part ... Texas has a spotlight on them," Dodson said.

He has a solid option if the Longhorns have moved on. He's a valued member of Ole Miss' class. He said he hears daily from the Rebels coaches. He's part of a class ranked No. 21 in the nation, with plenty of room to grow. The Rebels look to be in prime position to land several other top prospects.

The nation's No. 1 overall prospect, defensive end Robert Nkemdiche (Loganville, Ga./Grayson), and the nation's No. 1 receiver, Laquon Treadwell (Crete, Ill./Monee), have expressed strong interest in the Rebels. Ole Miss might actually lead for both.

"That class is going to be huge," Dodson said. "If everything goes as planned, it's going to be tough."

Dodson rushed for 3,296 yards and 37 touchdowns last season. He also registered more than 400 receiving yards. He's more than willing to take his talents to Oxford, but Austin has a certain ring to it.

"It's Texas," he said flatly when asked what he liked about the school.