4-star Dickerson Talks Recruiting, Playoffs

Garrett Dickerson

RAMSEY, N.J. -- Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.) class of 2014 four-star defensive end Garrett Dickerson holds more than a dozen offers, but his focus is on the playoffs. He spoke with FOXSportsNEXT about a huge win, and also what is going on with his recruitment.

The offers keep coming for class of 2014 four-star defensive end Garrett Dickerson, but he is not thinking much about recruiting these days.

He was instrumental in leading Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.) past Don Bosco Prep 28-14 in the semifinals of the NJSIAA Non-public Group IV playoffs, avenging a loss in last year's title game and ending the Ironmen's six-year reign as champs, and sparking a wild celebration on the field.

"I feel like we were much more prepared for this game (than last year's final)," Dickerson said. "We pretty much could call out their plays when they were coming out fo he huddle on defense. We knew all our checks and we were very confident. We were hungry, so we weren't letting them get this one, too."

Dickerson holds more than a dozen offers, and the latest came Thursday when Michigan offered. Among his other offers are Ohio State, Rutgers, South Carolina, Stanford and Northwestern, and a few of those are the schools he knows best.

"I haven't really gotten out to visit that many schools yet," the 6-foot-4, 240-pound Dickerson said. "I guess the schools I have gotten out to see maybe have a little jump, but I'm not really favoring anyone. I've seen Northwestern, Michigan, Ohio State, Boston College and Rutgers."

An interesting aspect of Dickerson's recruitment, though, is where he will play in college. He is FOXSportsNEXT's No. 7-rated defensive end in the 2014 class, but has been offered by Ohio State and Michigan as a tight end. He has 56 tackles, including six sacks, and has 21 catches for 317 yards and three touchdowns.

He said he does not know which position he will play in college, nor is he concerned about it at this point.

However, in the recent weeks there have been a few developments in his recruitment, beginning with his home state school, Rutgers, being accepted into the Big Ten.

"It shows they're ready to get out there and play," Dickerson said. "Not trying to knock the Big East or anything like that, but they're trying to get out there and make a name for themselves in the Midwest and play some great teams."

Dickerson has the offers coast-to-coast, but it is a school midway across the country that really has his eye because of a family matter.

Dickerson's brother, Cameron Dickerson, plays at Northwestern, and Garrett's unofficial visit to Michigan last month coincided with the Wildcats playing there.

"It was amazing," Dickerson said. "The Big House is crazy. It's everything it's talked up to be. It's 110,000 people. What better environment could you get? I'm happy I got out there, my brother scored his first collegiate touchdown. That was great to see. I had a great time out there."

Dickerson had no idea the Wolverines were going to offer when assistant coach Curt Tom Mallory came to Bergen Catholic on Thursday, but he had to tailor his excitement because it was on the eve of the Don Bosco matchup.

"It feels good," he said. "I had to put it in the back of my mind to get mentally prepared, but it feels good to have another offer and have another team take a chance on me and want me to come in and make an impact on their team later on."

However, Dickerson did acknowledge the thought of playing on the same team as his brother in college had crossed his mind.

"That would be an honor," Dickerson said. "I played with Cam my freshman year. That was amazing. To do that again would be great."

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