Just the Visit Needed

With four-year starter Richard Dickson at the Shrine Bowl preparing for his NFL future, younger brother Travis Dickson made his way to Baton Rouge to get acquainted with the next step in his life.

LSU football fans won’t soon forget Richard Dickson, a four-year starter at tight end who helped lead the Tigers to a National Championship in 2007.

Making Richard more difficult to forget will be Travis Dickson, the next name in a line of talented athletes out of Ocean Springs High in Mississippi.

This past weekend, the 6-foot-3, 230-pound prospect made the trek West to spend a couple of days with not just the LSU coaching staff, but future teammates as well.

“There were a bunch of the committed guys on campus for official visits, and that was an experience that I have been wanting to have at LSU,” Dickson said. “The guys all got together and hung out, which gave us that first opportunity to really get to know each other away from the football field.

Tyler Edwards was my host, and he is a guy that I knew of but hadn’t really met before the visit,” he added. “Now I feel like we are great friends. It was an awesome weekend, start to finish.”

Ranked as the No. 37 defensive end in the country, Dickson is in the process of making a position switch – which Tiger tight ends coach Don Yanowsky used a weekend in the film room to help further along.

“Coach Yano sat me down and we watched a lot of my tape,” Dickson said. “It gave him the opportunity to point out the things that I am doing right and wrong and then what I need to do to correct it all. From working out at Ocean Springs to being with the tight ends at the Under Armour Bowl game in Orlando, I feel like I am starting to pick up on everything.

“It will be a while before I can pass up Richard, but that is the goal,” he added. “Coach Miles and coach Yano seem to have the faith that I can come in and do it, so I am pumped.”

Dickson will sign his letter of intent on Feb. 3, the day that will put an end to a process that has dragged out for over two years.

“I am definitely ready for recruiting to be over,” he said. “I just want the next step to be getting onto campus and being with the team.”

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