Picture courtesy of Pierre Whitsey
“We are going to at least win playoffs, I know that for a fact,” said 5-Star football recruit Jurrion Dickey when he announced his departure from Valley Christian High School to attend M-A for his senior year of high school last week, during an interview with GetSportsFocus.
Having already committed to the University of Oregon, Dickey is the number two rated wide receiver in the entire country. Unfortunately, current rules regarding transfers prohibit Dickey from playing for the first half of the season. Nonetheless, his announcement to continue his career at M-A came as a big surprise, given that schools such as Mater Dei (the top-ranked football program in the country) were trying to recruit him for his senior year. Still, the Bears football team is used to having nationally recruited receivers. Jurrion Dickey will follow in the footsteps of previous M-A football stars like Troy Franklin, Jalen Moss, Justin Anderson, and Jeremiah Earby.
Dickey had an impressive junior year at Valley Christian, where he accounted for 1,344 total yards as well as 23 touchdowns, and he is primed to continue his dominance with the Bears. He said that he can’t wait to, “come out on top and win with my team.”
Dickey explained his decision to attend M-A with the word “home.” Jurrion lives in East Palo Alto, and his previous school was 30 minutes away from home. Now, at M-A, he has the opportunity to play with “people I grew up with, hometown people, and people I played pop warner and AAU basketball with.” Playing with players that he has not played since before high school, Jurrion has built-in chemistry with many of his teammates.
Although the team can’t wait to have him on the field, his debut won’t be until halfway through the season. According to the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) rules, students who have transferred have a “sit out period” if they have played that sport in the past 12 months. After some strong players graduated last year, the Bears football team will see many changes this season, but it’s exciting to have a new star, even if he won’t be on the field until October.
See Jurrion’s highlight reel here.