Travis Dickson is only a junior this year but he has big-time college prospect written all over him as he stands 6-3, 225 pounds, runs a 4.7 in the 40, benches 300 pounds, and has a 33” vertical jump.
College will come later, though, as for now Dickson is focused on the future and taking care of business at Ocean Springs.
“Our season is going really good so far,” Dickson said. “We are 4-0. I am playing defensive end and tight end. I’ve been getting in the backfield making plays on defense. On offense we haven’t really thrown the ball much yet but we are about to start district so that might be changing.”
Dickson was able to make the two hour drive to Baton Rouge on Saturday to watch the Tigers take on Mississippi State, and he has plans to return for a few more games this season.
“I went to the game and it was real good,” he said. “I really like the coaching staff and atmosphere in Baton Rouge, and it’s really close to home. I talked to coach (Josh) Henson, coach (Joe) Robinson, and coach (Les) Miles before the game. I’ll be going back for the Georgia, Alabama, and Ole Miss games.”
Even though he still has about a year and a half away from signing a letter of intent, Dickson says he has already started receiving interest from schools across the country.
“I’m getting a bunch of letters from UCLA, Auburn, LSU, Mississippi State, Clemson, Duke, and UAB,” he said. “I like all of them right now because it’s too early to not take a look at anyone. I’ve seen a good bit of those teams and I’ve been to a lot of the campuses.”
As a player, Dickson says his greatest strength is his work ethic.
“I think my work ethic and how much effort I put on the field separates me from other guys,” he said. “I have pretty good speed and strength too, although I could probably get a little stronger and work on route running more. I look up to my brother (LSU tight end Richard Dickson) a lot right now, and Shannon Sharpe was a big favorite of mine when I was little so that makes me work harder to try and reach their level.”