One of the most physical performers at The Opening this week is 2016 Hudson (N.C.) South Caldwell four-star offensive guard Landon Dickerson.
Although not competing in full pads, Dickerson believes there’s quite a bit offensive and defensive linemen can gather in a camp setting such as this one, surrounded by current and former professionals.
“Especially for the linemen, there’s just so much you can learn,” Dickerson said. “Footwork, hand placement, posture and all that stuff. I just learned so many great things to take back and make myself better my senior season.”
“It’s a great experience for me,” Dickerson added. “I’ve never been a part of anything like this and it was just great to get out here and experience it.”
Standing 6-foot-5, 306-pounds, Dickerson is a priority recruit for several schools in the 2016 class, holding offers from a handful of programs in the ACC, SEC and Big Ten.
Still taking the process slow, Dickerson laid out an update featuring some of the schools creeping ahead in the race for his services.
“My recruitment at the moment, I would say I’m wide open to any school that can open my eyes,” Dickerson said. “I have six, kind of standout schools and those are Michigan, Auburn, Florida State, Tennessee, South Carolina and Virginia Tech.”
Asked what stands out about Michigan as the Wolverines gear up for the first season under new Coach Jim Harbaugh, Dickerson touched every base possible.
“Michigan kind of came in the mix here during the spring evaluation period,” Dickerson said. “I’ve never really looked at them before they made me an offer and looked into them and the education which I do with every school.
“I evaluated everything with football, the coaches, and they’re just really relatable guys. Coach Harbaugh is a country guy just like me. The engineering program is great up there, top notch.”
An 11 hour drive from Ann Arbor, Dickerson opted for an official visit to Michigan, set to watch the Wolverines take on Oregon State in week two.
“I’m going up for an official visit on Sept. 12 and hopefully I’ll get to experience what everything is like,” he said. “That’ll be an official and hopefully open up my eyes to what they’re about.”
Dickerson says he’s hoping to make a decision during his senior season, well before signing day officially arrives.
When it comes time to decide, several factors will be considered.
“It’s going to be taking these visits and seeing places and hopefully kind of expanding, maybe seeing some other schools I haven’t seen before,” Dickerson said. “Experiencing everything and getting a feel for what’s going to be right for me and my future.”