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Saturday’s showing at the Routes vs. Coverage Showcase showed everything that Valley Christian sophomore athlete Jurrion Dickey is about.
Dickey was running crisp routes, catching every ball thrown his direction, making one-handed snags, showing a competitive fire and winning each and every time his team stepped foot on the football field.
And Dickey, tabbed as one of the top 100 recruits nationally in the 2023 class, lifted his team to a perfect 5-0 record in the 7-on-7 tournament and was named the Offensive MVP after a multitude of touchdown snags.
“It feels good,” Dickey said. “I ain’t going to lie. My Mom wanted it real bad, so I had to ball out for her.”
Since he first began his football career at 5 years old, all Dickey has done is ball out and continue inching himself closer to his NFL dreams.
His high school career started off with a bang. In a loaded West Catholic Athletic League, Dickey recorded a team-high 541 receiving yards and seven touchdowns on a Valley Christian squad that went 11-2 overall, shared a WCAL crown and was the Central Coast Section Division I runner-up to Serra.
“My Mom, she always tells me to go big or go home and always put your effort in something,” Dickey said. “Never go below 100 percent. Always 100 percent or above because you never know who’s watching.”
The college interest flooded in right away, too.
On Jan. 8, while sitting with his friends in the basketball locker room, his mother called him and told him a Power Five school was on the other end of the phone.
“Then my Mom called me, and then she was like, ‘Oh, Oregon State wants to talk to you.’ And then I was like, ‘Oh, for real?’” Dickey said. “And then I was just talking to Oregon State, and then they were talking to me, and they were like, ‘I like how you are on the field and off the field. We would like to offer you.’ It was just exciting.”
Soon after, more offers came.
There was Arizona State and Cal on the same day in early February. San Jose State in April. Arkansas in late August.
Everyone is interested in the consensus four-star recruit, and Dickey has only added to his repertoire in the offseason.
“It’s been good because I was 190, like 180, 190,” Dickey said. “Now I weigh 205, 207. And my routes have gotten so much better. My press release, my deep routes, pushing verts and everything.”
But there is a lot more Dickey hopes to accomplish when the football season rolls around in January.
“Goals for myself I would say be more efficient with my routes, don’t second guess myself, always push vert, stack more because I don’t stack as much,” Dickey said.
“And then with the team our goal is to mainly make it to the championship because last year we lost the championship, so we want to make it to the championship this year and win the championship and go to state. And then just work together as a team because a lot of our kids are young, and they’re young and athletic, so we’re just trying to put everything together and see what happens from there.”
So proud of this young man on the field and off the field. He keeps a smile on my face. You just can’t help but to love him. He’s my buddy frfr💕💕💪🏾💪🏾🏈🏈💙🤍💙🤍🎉🎊
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