Southern Pines is a high school that is often part of the travel plans for college coaches when they go out on the road looking for players. Because that's where athlete Jaylin Dickerson goes to school it is a given that for at least another year colleges will be there a lot in 2016.
Dickerson is wanted by several of the schools in his home state. NC State is the only ACC school that has offered Dickerson but Appalachian State, Charlotte and East Carolina have offered too. Dickerson (6-2, 175) will visit East Carolina on Saturday and then he will be at Virginia and Duke after that.
"Since the new head coach came in at East Carolina I really haven't gotten to talk to him too much. They're starting to show a little love though. I've been to Duke one time but I really didn't get the feel for it."
It's another school that is standing out to Dickerson.
"I've talked to the coaches at Virginia a lot. Right now they're probably my top choice. Just the love they've shown and how they treat each other and the players. How they run their program."
That doesn't mean NC State is out of the running. He was at a Junior Day and a scrimmage not long ago and that was Dickerson's fourth time visiting. He had been to another Junior Day, he watched a football game between State and Syracuse, and he saw another game last year.
Dickerson said he did not talk to the coaches much the last time he visited but he understood they were busy.
"From the practice the team looked pretty good. You can tell the coaches love what they do and love their jobs. They love it there. I have an offer from them so I'm thinking about them. They haven't told me where I stand besides that. I know they've offered. They've recruited me pretty hard. My interest is pretty medium."
Dickerson is rated a three-star prospect and the No. 81 safety in the nation by Scout.com.