Talented Prospect Visits AU Football Practice

This Magnolia State standout recently took in an Auburn practice and talks about the Tigers and others teams he's interested in.

Ocean Springs, Miss.–-One of the top players in Mississippi took a trip to check out the Auburn Tigers as tight end/defensive end Richard Dickson was on hand Thursday for a practice and to spend some time with the coaching staff. A big-time prospect that has offers from several SEC schools already, Dixon says he's just taking the time to get a closer look at some of his favorites before the summer begins.

"I have offers from Auburn, Alabama, Mississippi State and Ole Miss," the 6-3, 240 Dickson tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I hear a lot from LSU and Tennessee. I have visited all the schools I have offers from. I don't have any favorites. I like all the schools. I have seen things I like about all of them."

Richard Dickson

A three-year starter for Ocean Springs at tight end and defensive end, Dickson is a dominant force on both sides of the ball. Named first-team all-state as a junior, he had a very good season and helped the team to the 5A state title game with his play. "I probably had 400 or 500 yards receiving with seven touchdowns," Dickson says. "I probably had six or seven sacks and in the upper 90s in tackles."

The son of a former Mississippi State football player and the grandson of an Ole Miss footballer, Dickson has bloodlines to Mississippi, but last summer attended camps at both Auburn and Alabama. This season he says he expects to camp at several SEC schools and once again both in Alabama. He also plans to camp at Notre Dame, but says that he grew up following the Bulldogs.

"I grew up liking Mississippi State because that's where my dad played," Dickson says. "He played there in 1978-1980, but got hurt and didn't finish his senior year."

A hard worker that plays in the 250-pound range during the season, Dickson says his main goal for the summer is to improve his speed. Currently with a personal best of 4.75 in the 40-yard dash, he says he hopes to cut that to 4.6 before next fall. He also wants to improve his strength. Currently he benches 315 pounds.

Dickson is also a standout on the basketball court for Ocean Springs. Playing power forward, he has been a starter for two seasons. As a junior he made All-Area after averaging 11 points and 10 rebounds per contest. An outstanding student, Dickson has a 3.7 grade point average and has made an 18 on the ACT.

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