- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
College programs are not sure where they want 2014 recruit Garrett Dickerson (Oradell, N.J./Bergen Catholic). They just know they want him.
The 6-foot-4, 240-pound Dickerson is being recruited as a tight end, defensive end or athlete by the nine schools to offer and many more still evaluating.
Northwestern is recruiting Dickerson as a defensive end, which means if he ends up at Northwestern he won’t be on the same side of the ball as his brother. Cameron Dickerson is a redshirt freshman receiver for the Wildcats.
Cameron is already telling Dickerson about the Wildcats program, and Dickerson saw it firsthand this past April for the spring game.
“He loves it there, and I got to up and spend a little time when we went up for the spring game,” Dickerson said. “He’s trying to get me to go there so I can be with him again.”
Through his brother and his trip, Dickerson already has a strong vibe from the coaches at Northwestern. Dickerson spent several hours with the staff for the spring game.
“They’re great people, want the best for everyone and the best for the team,” he said. “They’re going in the right direction.”
Boston College, Maryland, Ohio State, Rutgers, Stanford, Syracuse, Toledo and UConn also offered Dickerson. Maryland and Stanford want him as an athlete, Ohio State likes him as a tight end, Rutgers as a defensive end, and the others are still deciding.
Alabama, Georgia, Michigan and Penn State are a few other schools Dickerson is hearing from.
Though Dickerson has a brother at Northwestern and a number of top schools pursuing him, he does not have any favorites.
“I’m interested in everyone. I’m trying to keep my mind open,” he said. “It’s too early to make a decision or narrow anyone down yet.”
With Bergen Catholic playing a national schedule, Dickerson is not sure where he will visit this fall.
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