PSU Nike: Dorin Dickerson Day Followup Interview

The announced overall 'best day' at the PSU Nike Combine went to WR/RB/LB Dorin Dickerson from West Allegheny, Penn., Imperial. GoBlueWolverine observed Dickerson during the combine, and also interviewed him afterwards. Here is the interview -- on his favorite schools, spring/summer plans, and preferred college position. Also included: GBW's combine scouting report on the top athlete.

GoBlueWolverine's post-combine interview:

The announced overall 'best day', at Saturday's Penn State Nike Combine, based upon the combined 40/shuttle/vertical/bench press stats, went to: RB/WR/LB Dorin Dickerson from West Allegheny, Penn., Imperial.

Dickerson, a true 6-2+ and 200+ pounds, won the award with stats of: a 4.5 sec. 40 (Nike 40 times are electronic now, so the era of the 'super 40 times' is over), a 4.17 sec. shuttle, a 35.8 inch vertical jump, and 21 bench press reps. of 185 lbs.

GoBlueWolverine spoke to Dickerson a number of times briefly during the day. Afterwards we asked him if he had the same top three schools he had told's Allen Wallace in early April: Michigan, LSU and Pitt. He told us, "Yes. Actually, I have a top five now, of those three, plus Ohio State and Penn State." Dickerson has a 'ton' of offers, including from Michigan (the first to offer), LSU, OSU, PSU, Wisconsin, Purdue, Pitt, West Virginia, North Carolina, Rutgers and Boston College ... and he should get more from the many colleges at attendance at the combine.

We asked him his plans for the spring/summer, specifically whether he'd be coming over to Ann Arbor for an unofficial visit or for the Michigan Camp. "I'm not sure of my summer plans," he answered. "But I do want to visit Michigan, whether it's for camp or just an unofficial visit."

After watching him during the day at both running back and wide receiver, it was obvious that Dickerson could play either in college, or linebacker for that matter (as the scouting report below indicates). As to what position he'd prefer to play in college, he told us, "It looks like wide receiver right now."

GoBlueWolverine's Scouting Report:

Once the combine's position drills got going, GoBlueWolverine thought we were seeing the second coming of incoming Wolverine freshman Antonio Bass in Dickerson.

Like Antonio Bass, Dickerson, has the body and the physical tools to play most of the skill positions: running back, wide receiver, defensive back, linebacker. In fact to a Michigan fan, looking at him he gives the first-impression a taller 'Ian Gold-type' linebacker -- as does Bass. And he has a similarly great combination of size, strength, agility, and 'burst'.

Dickerson started out the day as a running back, and was as good as or better than any other back in attendance, including LeSean McCoy. But it was when he moved over over to wideout for the climax of the camp, the QB-WR-DB drills, that he really shone.

Dickerson got deep on his defensive back opponent time and time again, physically dominating the poor DB's covering him, and catching the ball as easily and lightly as if it was a ball of cotton -- again reminiscent of Antonio Bass at the OSU Nike a year ago.

As a junior, Dickerson ran for 1,065 yards and 13 touchdowns on 133 carries. He caught 26 passes for 517 yards and eight touchdowns. He was also West Allegheny's leading tackler. First-team Associated Press All-State Class AAA, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Fabulous 22."


The PSU Nike combine overcame bad weather to host an impressive number of top high school prospects (who GBW has covered in preceeding articles, including quarterbacks Zach Frazer (in attendance but did not work out), Jeremy Ricker and Pat Devlin, wide receivers Dorin Dickerson, Vidal Hazelton and Wesley Lyons, tight end Dedrick Epps, running back LeSean McCoy (and Dickerson), offensive lineman Jared Odrick, linebackers Jeremiha Hunter (in attendance but did not perform because his arm continues to give him trouble) and Akeem Hebron, and defensive backs Myron Rolle and Darrin Walls. GBW took lots of photos during the day, and will put them up in the next day or so (because weather moved the combine into PSU's indoor facility the lighting was poor for photography {the same thing happened at the Virginia Tech Nike}, but we will print those that came out fairly well). Until then, here is one more photo of Dorin Dickerson.

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