"I have just been working out all Summer in the hot sun," Dickens said. "The team looks great. We got a little young squad, but we're going to be straight."
On Friday, Dickens was more focused about the happenings at Mississippi State rather than his home base of Lexington, Mississippi.
"I had to come up here and meet Coach (Dan) Mullen and Coach (David) Turner," Dickens said. "I haven't had the chance to work with Coach Turner yet, but I watched him today. He's got a good side and a bad side.
"His good side is when you are just talking with him and meeting with him. The bad side is when he gets you on the field. He's all business then."
Dickens holds offers and interest from several programs, but he reports that the home state Bulldogs are making him a priority.
"State is really the main one right now," Dickens said. "They are talking about me playing defensive end. I am willing to play that or linebacker. I really like Mississippi State. It's a good school."
Dickens plans to return to Starkville next month to be more than just a casual observer. The talented defender reports that he plans to take in the entire camping experience under the lights of Davis Wade Stadium.
"I am going to come back for Big Dawg camp and then I am going to work out that day," Dickens said. "I'll be ready to go then."