Dickson versatile playing tight end

Tight ends have not played a significant role in LSU's passing game in recent years but all of that may change now that Les Miles has taken over the Tigers. <br><br> Miles was a big proponent of using the tight end while at Oklahoma State and he has vowed to do the same at LSU.

To do that he needs someone who can stretch defenses but can also seal off the edges in the running game. One player who can do both and has an offer from the Tigers is Richard Dickson of Ocean Springs (Miss.).

Dickson, a 6-4, 240-pounder with 4.7-speed, started both ways last season and earned All-State on both sides of the ball. On offense, he caught 35 passes for over 500 yards and eight scores along with more than 100 tackles and 35 tackles for a loss from his defensive end spot.

Last Tuesday, Dickson and his father made the 1 hour and 45 minute drive from Ocean Springs to Baton Rouge and little did he know that there was something waiting for him when he arrived at the LSU practice facility.

"I was there on an unofficial visit and when I saw coach Miles he said he was not going to waste any of my time and that I had an offer," said Dickson. "He said they think I am an explosive player and they like my knowledge of the game. Coach Henson said I'm the kind of tight end they want at LSU and that he could see me playing early."

The blue-chip prospect already had offers from Ole Miss, Auburn, Mississippi State, Tennessee and Nebraska before Miles extended the scholarship offer to bring his total to six. He is also hearing a lot from many other schools most notably Notre Dame, Miami, Georgia Tech and Oklahoma State.

How does LSU stack up against the competition?

"I like LSU," he said. "I think they have a bunch of talent and a good coaching staff. I really like coach Miles. He is a real nice guy and seems like he is real family oriented. I think they will be pretty good and it's also a plus that it is so close to home."

Dickson said recruiting has been exciting thus far but he is far from naming a leader or much less even a favorite. However, he said he is keeping up with what is going at LSU.

"I like all of the schools that have offered me and the ones I'm hearing a lot from," he said. "It's just too early to name a favorite. But LSU will definitely be a school that I keep an eye on."

There is a chance Dickson will be back in Baton Rouge this weekend for LSU's spring game but as of now he is undecided.

"I don't know if I'm going to LSU or if am going to go to Tennessee's spring game," he said.

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