Top TE likes the Tigers

After the 2005 campaign LSU will not have a lot of depth at the tight end position so it is imperative that Les Miles brings in at least one and possibly even two quality players at that spot.

Richard Dickson (6-4, 240, 4.7) of Ocean Springs (Miss.) is one of the top tight ends in the South for 2006 and he would go a long way in helping Miles fill his needs.

As a junior, Dickson started on both sides of the ball and was stellar in both capacities. On offense he caught 35 passes for over 500 yards and eight scores and added more than 100 tackles and 35 tackles for a loss from his defensive end spot.

Dickson has mentioned the Tigers as one of his top schools for some time now and he may be traveling to Baton Rouge in a couple of weeks to spend some time with LSU tight ends coach Josh Henson.

"I talked to coach Henson two weeks ago about when I'm coming down," Dickson told Tiger Rag. "I think I'm going down to help a friend move into his apartment in two weeks so me and coach Henson talked about getting together and just hanging out."

Dickson says he has gotten to know many coaches over the last few months and he spoke very highly of Henson and head coach Les Miles.

"I talk to them a pretty good bit," said Dickson. "I like coach Henson and coach Miles a lot. I've gotten to know them both pretty well. They're real easy to talk to and I probably talk to them more than any other coaches."

Dickson claims he is up to 28 or 29 scholarship offers and he would like to start trimming his list. However, every time he gets close to doing that opportunity comes knocking.

"Every time I think I have narrowed things down something pops up," he said. "I start thinking about one school a little more then someone else calls."

At this point, Tennessee is the only school that will definitely get an official visit from the blue-chip recruit. Is LSU likely to get one of the other four visits?

"Most likely because they have consistently been one of my favorites," he said.

Baton Rouge is close enough to Ocean Springs for Dickson to hop in his car and head back home for a day and that is one of the positives he sees in LSU.

"It's close to home and it is a big-time football program that is right down the road," he said. "They have some good facilities and I've really developed a good relationship with the coaches over there."

With only a little more than a month to go before Ocean Springs reports to fall practice Dickson said he has set some goals for his senior year.

"I want to get back to the state championship again but this time take home the crown," he said. "Personally, I want to get in double digits in sacks and score more touchdowns on offense. Every guy wants to get in the end zone more plus it would help my team win more games."

Tidbits: Earned first team all-state as a tight end and defensive end last year/Benches 300/Squats 450/33" vertical/3.6 GPA/23 ACT.

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