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Landon Dickerson, a four-star recruit from North Carolina, talks about his visit to Auburn on Saturday.

Hudson, N.C.--Class of 2016 offensive lineman Landon Dickerson’s third visit to Auburn was a worthwhile one, according to the prospect who is rated as a four-star guard by

“I really like Auburn, which is like my hometown, which is a great fit for me,” he said. “Education-wise it has fantastic engineering and they play great football, especially in the SEC. Coach (J.B.) Grimes and Coach (Gus) Malzahn, we just get along well.”

Grimes is Auburn’s offensive line coach and Malzahn is headed into his third season as Auburn’s head coach.

“Coach Malzahn was just glad to get me back and to see my mom,” the prospect said. “It was her first time to visit Auburn and I think she absolutely loves it.”

An honor student at South Caldwell High School, academics is going to be a major consideration on his college choice because he wants to major in engineering.

Asked what he would like to focus on in that area, he said, “I am not too sure. I have been interested in bio-medical and mechanical engineering. I saw some robotic stuff at Virginia Tech and that is something I could be interested in.”

He has official visits set to Auburn for the Alabama game and also plans to take one to Michigan. He is also considering an official visit to Florida State the weekend the Seminoles play Miami and is looking at Tennessee, Virginia Tech and Georgia.

“Right now I am graduating in December, but I am going to stay around and work on an Eagle Scout project so I will probably enroll in May,” he said, noting he is not in a huge hurry to start college because the Scout project is a high priority for him and because he is just 16 years old.

Dickerson said that he currently doesn’t have a leader, but will likely narrow his list to a small group in the not too distant future. “I have been cutting out schools that won’t fit me,” he said, noting that he doesn’t have a favorite at this time.

With practice starting for his high school team on Monday, his focus is switching to his senior season after spending Saturday in Auburn at a recruiting event that featured tours of campus and a cookout.

Asked about his goal for his senior year, he said, “This past season I think I?had 100 and something knockdown blocks. Hopefully, this season I can push it up 200-something. I will probably play more defense than offense this year since we have four guards in our Wing-T rotation and I think we are only one-deep on the defensive line.”

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