May 15th, 2012 07:31 AM║ Posted By: Josh Ward ║ Permalink
Tags: James Franklin, Memphis Commercial Appeal, Ole Miss, Whitehaven High School
Memphis (Tenn.) Whitehaven High School juniors Mark Dodson and Gerald Perry both announced on Monday they’ll play in the SEC.
Dodson, a running back, committed to Ole Miss while Perry gave his pledge to play wide receiver at Vanderbilt. Many, including Dodson and Perry, wondered if they would choose the same school. In the end, the two players had different interests.
“Ever since we were little, we talked about going to the same school and playing together at the same college,” Perry told the Memphis Commercial Appeal. “I guess things don’t always work out like you want them to, but I know Mark’s gonna do well down at Ole Miss, and I know I’m gonna do good at Vanderbilt. Hopefully when we play against each other, it’ll be like nothing’s different.”
Both Dodson and Perry chose programs that are in the early stages of a new era. Vanderbilt coach James Franklin is coming off a successful first season in Nashville while Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze is preparing for his opening season in Oxford.
Dodson was intrigued by the idea of playing in Freeze’s new offense.
“I see the program is on the rise,” Dodson said. “It’s gonna take a year or two, but the recruiting class is shaping up very well. You just have to be patient.”
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