Kissimmee, Fla. – Xzavier Dickson swears he’s serious when he says he’s going to flip a coin to decide between Alabama and Georgia before tomorrow night’s Under Armour All-American Game. In fact, he told me, he’s going to flip a coin five times, “just to make sure.”
I was talking to AJC Super 11 defensive end from Griffin after the last Under Armour practice Tuesday afternoon at Disney/ESPN’s Wide World of Sports complex. I wanted to confirm his plans to make his college decision public on national TV during ESPN’s broadcast of the 7 p.m. game tomorrow. He indeed confirmed those plans.
I asked him if he already knew which way he was going at that moment. He admitted he had not.
“So I’m going to flip a coin,” he told me. “It’s that close.
“Come on,” I said incredulously. “You’re kidding, right?”
“No, I’m serious,” Dickson said. “I’m going to flip it five times and the one that comes up the most is the one I’m going to go with. They both can provide me with what I need at the next level, so I can’t go wrong.”
Isaiah Crowell, who is also deciding between Alabama and Georgia, was with Dickson when he told me this.
“You hearing this?,” I said to Crowell.
“I hear it,” he said.
A few minutes later I was interviewing Quan Bray, a running back from Troup who also plans an announcement tomorrow night. I asked him if he’d heard Dickson’s plan.
“He told me that, too,” said Bray, who is rooming with Dickson at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort this week. “I’m in the room with him so I guess I’ll see. That’s exactly what he told me.”
Bray is even more indecisive about his choice. He insisted Tuesday afternoon it’s still between Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia and LSU for him and they all had an equal shot.
“I may have to flip a coin, too,” he quipped.
Dickson and Bray are among what’s expected to be around eight Under Armour All-Americans who are going to make their college announcements during ESPN’s nationally-televised broadcast. There are 27 uncommitted prospects among the 90 players for this year’s game. There were only 13 undecideds here last year.
I asked Dickson why he was compelled to make the decision now if he’s still not sure. National signing day is not until Feb. 2.
“I think I’m just doing it to get it over with,” Dickson said. “If you’re going to do it, you might as well do it on national TV. I feel like I have a really good feeling for both schools. It’s a big decision but I can’t go wrong either way.”
It helps that it will be, in any case, a non-binding verbal commitment.
College Recruiting By Chip Towers