Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Four-star Dickerson names final three
By Jared Shanker
A top five emerged for ESPN 300 prospect Garrett Dickerson (Oradell, N.J./Bergen Catholic) a few months ago, and he was hoping to visit some of those schools this summer. Those visits never came to fruition, so Dickerson decided to cut his list to three before official visits in the fall.
Dickerson, the No. 4 tight end nationally, has Stanford as his favorite school with Michigan and Northwestern ranked second and third, respectively.
The Cardinal was the last school to host 6-foot-4, 240-pound Dickerson on a visit, and the contact with the coaches only increased after his early April visit to Stanford.
“It was great when I went out there, enjoyed myself and saw a beautiful campus,” Dickerson said. “I spoke a lot of with the coaches and the constant contact increased after the visit. I talk to Coach [David] Kotulski twice a week. That contact makes me feel like they want me a lot. I can see myself playing and fitting in there.”
Although Dickerson is listed as a four-star tight end, the No. 277 player in the ESPN 300 is being recruited by Stanford as an outside linebacker in its 3-4 defensive scheme. It would not be a new role for Dickerson, however. The Bergen Catholic star and eighth-best player in New Jersey does a lot of the same things in his high school defense that the Cardinal do.
“They do a lot of stuff that we do with our defense. It’s not something I’d be new to,” Dickerson said. “I’m already used to doing it in our system, dropping into coverage, rushing the passer, standing up.”
Michigan, No. 2 on his list, has a tight end commitment in ESPN 150 pledge Ian Bunting. But like the Cardinal, the Wolverines see Dickerson on the defensive side of the ball. Michigan projects Dickerson as a defensive end if he were to sign on to continue his career in Ann Arbor.
Dickerson made a visit to Michigan back in 2012, and that trip to Ann Arbor still resonates with him.
“I got to go out there and got to see being in the Big House, 110,000 people,” Dickerson said. “I have good contact with Coach [Curt] Mallory. I speak to him a lot and really feel I can fit into their system and make an impact. They’re excited about me and want me to get out there again on an official.”
Northwestern rounds out the top three for Dickerson, but it is probably the school he hears most about. Dickerson’s older brother, Cameron Dickerson, is on the Wildcats’ roster. Dickerson’s former teammate Kyle Queiro just signed with Northwestern in February, and Queiro’s younger brother, Cameron Queiro, committed a few months ago.
None of them are pressuring Dickerson to join them, but they are letting him know just how much they want to see him at Northwestern.
“They let me do my own thing. [His brother Cameron] is letting me play it out and see my own thing, but he puts his two cents in about Northwestern all the time,” Dickerson said. “Cam [Queiro], I see him every day. He’s always talking about Northwestern and how they got this new commit. They’re really talking up Northwestern.”
Dickerson likes Northwestern for his own reasons, though. He visited the campus twice and spends a lot of time talking with Pat Fitzgerald and Bob Heffner.
The next visit for Dickerson might not come until the bye week of his senior season, but he expects most of his official visits to take place after the season.