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Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Four teams safe in Dickerson's top 10

By Jared Shanker

This past weekend, Garrett Dickerson (Oradell, N.J./Bergen Catholic) sat in on a sleep study at Stanford. Now the Cardinal coaches are hoping Dickerson puts his recruitment to bed.

While the 6-foot-4, 240-pound ESPN Watch List tight end is not ready to end the process with a Stanford verbal commitment, Dickerson does have the Cardinal high on his list following two days in Palo Alto, Calif., this past weekend.

“They have a jump on everyone else,” Dickerson said.

Dickerson, who is also being recruited as a defensive end and linebacker, plans to cut his list to 10 in June and then make a decision just before his senior season or wait until after it. He doesn’t know all 10 teams that will make the cut, but he knows a handful of teams he is sure he will still be considering this summer.

“Stanford will definitely be in. Michigan will definitely be there. Ohio State, Alabama will be in there,” Dickerson said. “Those are the few that I know.”

In all, 22 programs have offered Dickerson and they come from all over the country. Those four programs he named have all offered.

Stanford, as Dickerson mentioned, is among those setting the pace. His favorite part of the visit was just touring the campus, which he heard about at length from family and friends who had already seen it. Still, their recollections of Stanford fell short of what Dickerson experienced, as he was blown away by the university’s setting.

Academics are a major factor in Dickerson’s eventual decision, so he wanted to see what it is like to be a Cardinal student. So he sat in on a class -- a sleep study on narcolepsy. He also ate lunch with several professors and talked about the degrees offered and what fields he can get into after his playing career.

The rest of the trip was about watching practice and talking with the coaches, and he spoke with coach David Shaw at length.

“We were sitting down and speaking with him and what he had to say was what it takes to be a Stanford man and how I can be that,” Dickerson said.

They also talked about where they see Dickerson playing, which is as an outside linebacker with the potential of being moved to tight end.

This coming weekend Dickerson will visit Northwestern. While Northwestern is more than 800 miles away from Dickerson’s north New Jersey home, the Wildcats are a team that has several ties to Dickerson. His older brother, Cameron, is a redshirt sophomore at Northwestern, so he will be visiting Northwestern to see his brother participate in the spring game. His former teammate Kyle Queiro signed with Northwestern this past February, and Dickerson’s other teammate and Queiro’s younger brother, 2014 linebacker Cameron Queiro, committed to Northwestern last week.

“My brother and the other Cameron that goes to my school,” Dickerson said, “both are trying to get their two cents in and talking up Northwestern and how it’s a great place.

“... It’s definitely a place where I can get a great education.”