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Rebel Walk Recruiting: A visit with 4-star Wide Receiver Dakota Twitty

Rebel Walk Recruiting: A visit with 4-star Wide Receiver Dakota Twitty

Hidden in the North Carolina pines and blanketed by the crisp mountain air stands the town of Mooresboro, population 311. Towns like Mooresboro, home of four-star wide receiver Dakota “Dak” Twitty and the Gryphons of Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy, always consist of more than what first meets the eye. 

The Gryphon is one of the most chimeric creatures of mythology, part eagle and part lion, known for its prodigious strength and devastating aerial attacks. Legends portray the Gryphon as uniquely powerful and majestic, symbolizing courage, boldness, and intelligence.

If the Gryphon were to take human form, it might look much like Twitty, the gifted receiver who is walking the halls and blazing the football field at Thomas Jefferson Class Academy. 

You can be sure coaches from the SEC to the ACC are keeping a close watch on Dakota as this explosive gem is one of 2022’s most sought-after recruits.

With his 6-foot-5, 210-pound frame, Twitty towers over most and commands attention from all. One of the cool things in the 2021 and 2022 classes is the comeback of the multi-sport athlete, and Twitty is no exception. His speed, size, and power are seen not only on the gridiron but also on the basketball court. 

Yes, the multi-talented Twitty possesses skills that would add even more fuel to the Lane Train! 

Twitty is the sort of athlete you want to have in your uptempo offense, not just because of his explosiveness but also because of his dependable hands. Since he first set foot on a high school football field, this young man has proven he can win his match-ups even when he is well-covered. 

With his immense stature, Twitty creates a major mismatch for those defensive backs in his path. It is no surprise he has offers from North Carolina, South Carolina, Pitt, Kentucky, Louisville, Georgia Tech, to name a few, as well as from our own Lane Kiffin and the Rebels as of October 15. 

As of now, Twitty holds 20 offers from coast to coast, and soon there will be more added to the list.

We recently had an opportunity to visit with Dakota about his recruiting journey:

Rebel Walk: What is the first thing you want potential programs to know about you?

Dakota: I would like schools to know that I always give 100%, on and off the field and in the classroom.

Rebel Walk: What is your football philosophy?

Dakota: All gas no brakes, never stop working because you can’t afford to fall behind.

Rebel Walk: What has been the biggest adjustment for you during the pandemic in your recruitment?

Dakota: My biggest adjustment would definitely be not being able to visit colleges. As I get to narrowing my recruitment it’s harder to base decisions off of virtual visits.

Rebel Walk: What are you looking for in a potential program and future school?

Dakota: I’m looking for somewhere that I feel safe, wanted, and a place that I love to live at. I also want to do sports medicine.

Rebel Walk: What potential factors would you say could bring to a program like Ole Miss? What about Ole Miss catches your attention as a prospect?

Dakota: Ole Miss has a great air raid and they like to use big receivers and that’s right up my alley. I’ve had some friends visit and I’ve only heard great things. 

Rebel Walk: Who is the biggest influence in your football career

My biggest influences would be Calvin Johnson or Julio Jones because they are bigger receivers and play the same way I do. 

Rebel Walk: What are some things you like to do outside of football that most wouldn’t guess?

Dakota: When I’m bored I like to clean, but I also love to cook and bake.

Rebel Walk: What is the song that gets you in the zone before a game? 

Dakota: Dreams and nightmares by Meek Mill

Twitty’s recruiting journey that began in tiny Mooresboro is taking off, and it will be an exciting one to watch. While he has received so much attention already, Twitty won’t stop working hard and building toward his dream of playing on Saturdays. 

Five-hundred and thirty-three miles separate Mooresboro, N.C. from Ole Miss, but that isn’t far if your dreams lie in ‘God’s Country’ of Oxford!


About The Author

Lee Ann Herring-Olvedo

Lee Ann is the Director of Recruiting for The Rebel Walk. She is a veteran SEC sports journalist and NFL content writer. She is also the Sr. Editor for MESPORTS digital. Herring-Olvedo is a Brown University graduate who loves good cigars, good games, and a smooth glass of bourbon — not necessarily in that order.

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