"I'm excited about it," Dickerson said Saturday. "It's a great school, great academics, and a great football program, and I'm happy to be a part of it."Dickerson, a 6-2, 200-pounder, had fielded offers from Vanderbilt, Indiana, Akron, Duke and Harvard.
Playing defensive back and wideout at Bergen Catholic, Dickerson will focus on wide receiver at NU. And not surprisingly, Dickerson saw NU's pass-happy spread offense as a bonus.
"Definitely that was just icing on the cake," Dickerson, who runs a 4.54 40, said. "What receiver wouldn't want to go to a school where they pass the ball that much? They passed it 60, 70 times in their bowl game. That's perfect for a receiver."In 2009, Northwestern ranked 13th in the nation in passing yards per game with 286.5. And of course the Cats capped the season with a record-breaking slinging exhibition in the Outback Bowl in which the Cats passed it 78 times.
Dickerson becomes NU's first receiver of the 2011 class.Despite his affinity for NU's offense, Dickerson sees Northwestern as more than a way to catch some ball. The family vibe, he says, swayed him as much as anything.
"Up there they have a real family atmosphere," Dickerson said. "I had offers from a lot of schools that would have given my the great football and great academics. But up there it's all about family. Everybody is cool, and I don't think I'd find that in any other school.""I have a great relationship with all the coaches," he added. "I went up there (in mid-June) and I feel like I fit right in. The academics are amazing up there, they have a great football team. That's what I'm looking for: a great football program, great academics and a place where I feel like I can fit in." Miles Shuler and five-star running back Savon Huggins, each of whom has visited Northwestern.
Now that he's on board, Dickerson says that he will do what he can to bring on some additional Jersey Boys."I talk to Savon (Huggins) every once and a while," Dickerson said. "I'm going to talk with them and get them to try to become Wildcats too."
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