So far, he has made official visits to Notre Dame and the University of Florida and has scheduled trips to Clemson, Miami and Southern California.

Dickey visited South Bend, Ind., in October, when Bob Davie still coached the Fighting Irish. Notre Dame fired Davie on Dec. 2 and hired Georgia Tech Coach George O'Leary one week later. Dickey took the news in stride because O'Leary had recruited him to play at Georgia Tech. On Dec. 13, O'Leary called Dickey's home to try to schedule a visit. The next day, O'Leary resigned after it was revealed he had falsified his academic and athletic credentials.

"I'm just totally confused by that whole situation because I kind of feel I wasted a visit to Notre Dame," Dickey said.

Wherever he goes, that school will get more than a quarterback. It will also have a poet.

One of Dickey's most poignant works, "Fallen Star,'' served as a eulogy for schoolmate Railey Sancho, a member of the girls track team and a football team statistician who died of bacterial meningitis in May.

"You will be loved forever because of what you did and who you are," the poem ended. "And now we can only sit and mourn our fallen star."

The Dandy Dozen

Pos. Name Ht. Wt. Gr. From College

QB Brandon Cox 6-3 195 Sr. Hewitt, Ala. Trussville UF, Auburn, LSU

RB DeAngelo Williams 5-9 198 Sr. Wynne, Ark. Ark., Miss., Mem., Iowa, Ark. St.

QB Gavin Dickey 6-1 190 Sr. Tallahassee Lincoln ND, UF, Miami, USC, FSU

RB Michael Cooper 6-0 210 Sr. Sylvania, Ga. Screven Co. Georgia commitment

RB/DB Michael Bush 6-3 205 Jr. Louisville, Ky. Male Underclass

RB Jason Miller 6-0 205 Sr. Iota, La .Undecided

RB Jerious Norwood 6-1 190 Sr. Brandon, Miss. Miss. St. commitment

RB T.A. McClendon 6-0 215 Sr. Albemarle, N.C. NC St. commitment

RB/WR Troy Williamson 6-2 190 Sr. Aiken, S.C. Silver Bluff Clem., SC, Tenn., UGa., Ga. Tech

RB Ralph King 5-10 175 Sr.Murfreesboro, Tenn. Riverdale SC, Auburn, LSU, Tenn.

QB Vincent Young 6-5 200 Sr.Houston, Texas, Madison Texas, FSU, UM, Kan. St., Ark

LB Ahmad Brooks 6-3 230 Sr.Woodbridge, Va. Hylton UVa., FSU, Va. Tech