West Allegheny's Dorin Dickerson served notice nationally about what type of athlete he is at the Penn State Nike Camp earlier this month. GoBlueWolverine was on hand to watch him run a 4.5 sec. 40, a 4.17 sec. shuttle, deliver a 35.8 inch vertical jump, and press 185-lbs. 21 times. His MVP performance in Happy Valley left him with little else to prove about his ability. That, however, did not prevent him from showing up in Akron last Saturday for Scout.com's final spring combine of the year. Even though he didn't participate in all of the drills, he set the bar for his position in the ones he did. He bested his Nike vertical by over two inches with a 38-inch effort, and standing-broad-jumped 10.5 feet (he actually had a whopping 11-footer that he had to scratch do to slipping).
The 6-2, 205-pounder is now up to over 20 scholarship offers, and the list is still growing. The Michigan Wolverines have expressed a great deal of early interest … something that a number of other programs have done as well. "Coach Loeffler has been by my school," Dickerson said of Michigan's quarterback coach and Pennsylvania recruiter. "Actually, probably over fifty programs have been by school."
Dickerson, who stars both running and receiving the ball for West Allegheny, is being recruited for a number of positions. Michigan has apparently indicated plans for utilizing him at more than one. "They're recruiting me for running back and wide receiver," he said. "They've talked about how they are going to start me off at running back and then move me to wide receiver during the game."
It's clear that the Maize and Blue have made Dickerson a priority, as evidenced by the number of written correspondences they have sent his way. That said, Michigan isn't the only program throwing a lot of attention his way. "Michigan is probably recruiting me the hardest at this point," Dickerson said. "Pitt, Penn State, Ohio State and Florida are on me hard right now too."
With campus visits to Pitt and Penn State already in the bag, Dickerson plans to branch out a little more over the summer. "I'm going to Florida and Michigan this summer," he said. "I think I'm going to go to the USC camp."
Dickerson mentioned to GBW a top five of Michigan, LSU and Pitt, Ohio State, and Penn State after the Nike camp in Happy Valley. Despite that list, though, the highly coveted athlete remains open to the other programs showing interest. With no plans of making a decision any time soon, all interested parties still have a good chance of making cases for their respective programs. "I think I'll make my decision around January or February," Dickerson said. "Somewhere around there. I'm going to wait it out and take all of my visits. It's going to come down to the campus and the coaches. The one I pick will have to have a good campus, and they will have to have great coaches."