Dickens, who has yet to garner an offer, is on the cusp of breaking through onto the campuses of major college programs. He has been in contact with a variety of schools such as East Tennessee State, Rhode Island, Clemson, UNC, East Carolina and Maryland and hopes an offer is in the near future. I just have to go out and work hard at some more camps, he stated. Many people know who I am but they want to see me perform more so I just have to go out there and prove myself to them.
Only in his third year of playing organized football, Dickens is known as an agile big man, noted for his quick feet and above average pass protection. I can get my feet up and down pretty quickly but I really am good at pass protection and run blocking, said Dickens. I'd like to get better at recognizing certain fronts and alignment switching. I'm good at the physical parts of the game but I need to work on more of the mental aspect, he said.
Dickens, who has been working out just about every day during the offseason, is ready to get back on the field and take command of his line. I sit down with my lineman before each game and we go over plays and make sure everything is ready to go. I'm like the quarterback of the offensive line.
One of the schools recruiting Dickens just happens to be a short ride up the green line. Maryland recently recognized Dickens' talent and invited him to participate in the prospect camp held in College Park this past June. I did really well at Maryland's camp, said Dickens. We did pad levels, quickness drills and I went undefeated in 1-on-1 drills. During the camp, OL Coach Tom Brattan pulled Dickens aside and talked to the local product about his outstanding performance and took the time to give Dickens some feedback on his game. It was great to get to talk to Coach Brattan. He pointed out some things about my performance and he said we would be in touch.
Maryland is definitely a favorite of Dickens' who says that the proximity of the campus makes it a very enticing choice if an offer comes his way. Above all however, he is drawn to the program. I've been on the campus and it's beautiful and the school is great academically (anticipating a business major), but what I really like about it is the great football program they have there.