Travis Dickson is the first to tell you that he loves to do it all – from defensive end to fullback to tight end.
“Whatever helps the team, that has to be the motto,” he said.
Ranked as the nation’s No. 32 defensive end, Dickson said that the buzz from coaches has his him following in the footsteps of his older brother – Richard.
“I am most likely going to play tight end,” he said. “I was never too worried about it, and the coaches from every school seem to think it will be my best spot. It does not really change how I look at my recruitment, so it is not that big of a deal to me.”
Back on the road, the four-star prospect said that things are as hectic as ever.
“I came over to Baton Rouge last weekend for the one-day thing, and I got a chance to hang out and just play some video games with the guys,” Dickson said. “It is just the usual when I visit, and I like that.
“I also went to Auburn, and that was a lot of fun,” he added. “One of our linebackers at Ocean Springs was up there working out for the coaches, so I tagged along to just hang out. Their staff is fun, which is why I went back. It was my second trip this season, and I had been to their campus even before that.”
With Mississippi State, Ole Miss, LSU and Tennessee all in the mix, Dickson that he is in no rush to dive into the process of narrowing his list.
“It is too much for me,” he laughed. “Schools like Georgia and Florida State are places I definitely like, and I still have not even gotten a chance to really look at them. I want to have it to a handful by the end of the summer, though.
“I could make my best decision from there, because I know it is getting near that time.”
As for LSU’s chances, Dickson remains tight-lipped.
Of course, he is quick to point out one area that the Tiger staff holds an advantage.
“I don’t like to talk about Richard a lot, but to be honest, the LSU coaches are not having to impress my parents like every other staff is,” Dickson said. “My brother has been under those guys for years, so everyone is familiar by now.”
Proximity, as with most recruits, should play a major role.
“My folks liked being able to watch me play on Friday and drive down the road to see Richard on Saturday,” he said. “Now that Richard will be gone and I will be the only one left to see, I am sure they are going to want to make my games.”
How do the Tigers, who hold such familiar ground with the Dickson’s, sell their program to another member of the family?
“It is funny, because most tight end recruits would get to meet Richard,” he laughed. “Instead, I just spend more time with the coaches. It is a good trade off.”