Tide Still Leads

"Alabama still has a slight edge over the rest of the schools, but they're all still close," Xzavier Dickson said. "I think I should narrow this list down to a top five before the Army AA game. And right now, Alabama, Auburn, Georgia and Florida are all the schools that are recruiting me the hardest. They've just shown a major interest in me compared to the other schools. And they've all..."

Xzavier Dickson, the 6-foot-4, 248-pound four-star defensive end from Griffin, Ga., still says Alabama leads slightly over Auburn, Georgia, Florida, Miami, USC and South Florida. All have offered.

"Alabama still has a slight edge over the rest of the schools, but they're all still close," said Scout.com's No. 14 defensive end. "I think I should narrow this list down to a top five before the Army AA game. And right now, Alabama, Auburn, Georgia and Florida are all the schools that are recruiting me the hardest.

"They've just shown a major interest in me compared to the other schools," he said. "And they've all told me that I can play early and have a major impact on the team. They're all recruiting me to play some good football at their programs.

"But with Alabama, I just like how they play hard-nosed football," he said. "They've got a great coaching staff and just know how to get after it every day."

Though Dickson has not set up any official visits, he did find some time to head out to see Auburn for an unofficial last weekend.

"That was a good game (versus LSU)," he said. "I liked how they won and just how their defense executed well.

"All these schools are playing good at this point in the season, but with Florida, I just thought they'd be better than they are," he said. "But I guess it's a rebuilding year for them."

Dickson also says Miami, USC and South Florida are still in the hunt even though they're not recruiting him as heavily as the other schools in his list.

"Both Miami and USC have great tradition and are great football teams with good football history," he said. "And I think USF is OK, and like them because one of my teammates already committed there, so that's a good reason why I'm still interested in them."

Dickson says taking official trips to these schools will probably have to wait until the season is over.

"The playoffs are coming and I don't know how I can schedule official visits because of the playoff schedule," he said. "I know I'll get out to Alabama, Auburn, Georgia and Florida for sure, and I still don't know who's going to get that fifth visit."

Dickson could not provide partial-season stats.

Griffin (8-0) takes on Ola High School on Friday.

Dickson reports a 3.1 GPA and a 17 ACT and said he has plans to retake the test but has not set a date yet.


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