2016 Target: Landon Dickerson

HUDSON, N.C. --- North Carolina is among the schools to offer Landon Dickerson, a versatile lineman from South Caldwell High School. The 6-foot-4, 289-pounder reciprocated the interest by attending the Tar Heels’ January junior day.

Scouting Report

“Landon is a very dynamic player as far as being such a big man,” South Caldwell head coach Butch Carter said. “Being able to bend and run, and to have the flexibility that he has along with the explosive power that he possesses, as well. He’s a tough young man and he plays with a good, clean edge, which is hard to find in this day and time. He’s more of an aggressive type of player. I enjoy the way he plays the game, because he plays hard.”

Prep Career

Late in the 2014 football season, Dickerson transferred to South Caldwell from Hickory High. Thus, he played the first eight games for Hickory and final four at South Caldwell.

“It was difficult, but it was in my best interest,” Dickerson said. “[Hickory’s] previous coach resigned in the middle of the season, so my head coach and offensive line coach left Hickory. I needed somewhere to go since that was the only reason I was at Hickory. So [South Caldwell] was the closest and best place for me to go.”

Besides adjusting to new teammates, Dickerson had to quickly adjust to a new offensive scheme. He went from playing tackle in Hickory’s spread I to guard in South Caldwell’s Wing-T.

With a full offseason to work with him, Carter plans to move Dickerson around a lot this coming season on both sides of the ball.

“That’s one thing we’re not shy about,” Carter said. “He’s going to play offensive line, defensive line. We’re a multiple wing-T team, so we’ll play him at guard when we want him at the point-of-attack. We’ll put him at tight end on either side. And we’ll even put him in our backfield.

“We do the same thing on defense. We’ll play him at the point-of-attack through game planning.”

Recruitment

Nearly a dozen schools have offered Dickerson a scholarship, including Auburn, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, NC State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest.

“It’s been very unique for me, because we haven’t been used to having colleges of that level come in and offering young men right on the spot,” Carter said.

In late January, Dickerson visited UNC.

“That was my first junior day I’ve ever gone to,” Dickerson said. “It was real nice just to go down there to tour their facilities. I had never been down to UNC before. They actually joked around with me a little bit about playing a little bit of defense.”

Apparently, it was more than just joking. UNC has offered Dickerson as an offensive lineman, but the defensive staff is evaluating his defensive prospects. Dickerson is intrigued by the idea of playing defense in college.

“I do enjoy playing defense,” Dickerson said.

Most schools, though, see Dickerson exclusively as an offensive lineman. Exactly where along the O-line depends on the school. He’s heard projections for everything single position, including center.

UNC’s recruiter responsible for Caldwell County, Keith Gilmore, recently left the program for Notre Dame. But that hasn’t created a gap in UNC’s recruiting efforts since Chris Kapilovic began playing a strong active role months before Gilmore’s departure.

“They really want me to come down there and be a part of what they’re doing,” Dickerson said. “They love the way I play.”

However, UNC has some catching up to do. Dickerson lists Florida State, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia Tech as his favorite schools. With the exception of FSU, he visited each of the aforementioned schools recently.

“Whenever I’ve talked to the coaches [at those four schools], I’ve really enjoyed what they’re like and how they explain their school,” Dickerson said. “I’ve liked just about everything I’ve seen about the school – not just the football.”

Virginia Tech possesses an unmatched advantage. Dickerson’s grandfather, Herman “Foots” Dickerson, played for the Hokies and was the first player drafted into the NFL from the program.

“I grew up liking Virginia Tech, because my grandfather went there and that’s who my dad and I watched every Saturday,” Dickerson said. “But I’m giving everyone a fair chance – it’s not like [Virginia Tech] is a shoo-in for me. They are one of my top schools right now, but that’s not just because my grandfather went there – it’s because of the football that they offer and the academics that they are offering me.”

Extra Notes

Dickerson’s in-season high school transfer last year led to some unique situations. He played for and against South Caldwell and played Hickory (N.C.) St. Stephens in back-to-back weeks… According to Carter, Dickerson is a straight A student in honors classes… Dickerson plans to partake in the shot put and discus for South Caldwell’s track-and-field team this spring.

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