April 14, 2013

Six offers, three front-runners

Matt Dickerson has three front runners, and so far the 6-foot-5, 274-pound defensive end from San Mateo (Calif.) Junipero Serra has had an opportunity to visit two of those colleges.

Dickerson has received scholarship offers from Nevada, Washington, San Jose State, Colorado, San Diego State and Arizona. He was in Seattle for the Huskies' Junior Day earlier this spring and he was in Boulder on Saturday for the Buffaloes' spring game and Junior Day.

"My trip to Colorado went really well," said Dickerson. "The academics are good there and I loved the campus. It is a little different for me because of the weather but I could see myself adapting to that. The coaching staff is unbelievable; loved them."

Running backs and tight ends coach Klayton Adams is responsible for his recruitment from the Buffaloes' staff.

"Colorado likes me because I am an aggressive player," Dickerson said. "I kind of play with a chip on my shoulder and that is what they look for in players. I didn't really get a chance to talk to the players when I was at Colorado so I am probably going to take an official visit there."

Dickerson also had high praise for his trip to Washington. Right now, Colorado, Arizona and Washington are his favorites. He plans to visit Tucson in May.

"When I was looking at the team during my visit to Washington, I could see myself being one of them," Dickerson said. "I loved the academics at Washington and their staff was great. I really like [Huskies defensive line] coach Tosh Lupoi.

"I visited San Jose State, too. It is definitely different from the Pac-12. It was alright, but I didn't like it as much as Washington and Colorado honestly. They have a good program, they won the Military Bowl and were a top 25 team in the country last year, so I am looking at that a little bit."

Dickerson might camp at Stanford this summer, and he is also hearing from Arkansas and Harvard.

"When I make my decision, I am probably going to be 100 percent sure that I am going to be going to that school," he said. "A coach told me, 'if you make a commitment it is like an engagement.' When you are engaged, you don't want to be seeing other girls."

Dickerson was named honorable mention all-league after he recorded 42 tackles in 10 games last season. He also plays tight end, primarily as a blocker, on offense.

"Most of the colleges have told me they like my size. I am pretty much bigger than everybody else in high school," said Dickerson. "When I started playing my freshman year, I didn't know anything about football. I was offered to play varsity my sophomore year but my folks said I wasn't ready to play at that level so I took my time to get to know the sport.

"I was brought up to varsity for playoffs my sophomore year so I got a little taste of it practicing with them the whole time. And then my junior year, I did pretty well but I wasn't really satisfied with how my season when. Now I know all the basics of it and I am ready to go out and enjoy my senior year."

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