Dickerson thrilled with Notre Dame offer

Defensive end Matt Dickerson of San Mateo (Calif.) Junipero Serra talks about the significance of a Notre Dame offer, why the Irish are high on him, and what his summer plans could look like.

Defensive end Matt Dickerson of San Mateo (Calif.) Junipero Serra was offered by Notre Dame on Friday afternoon, the third known offer extended by the Irish on Friday.

"I spoke with [Irish assistant] Coach (Bob) Elliott three days ago, and he said he wanted to offer me then but he needed to talk with the other coaches about it first," Dickerson said. "He showed my film to the staff and they just offered me."

"I was with my head coach in his office today when they offered, and we both got emotional when I found out Notre Dame offered," Dickerson said. "It is such a big offer. I'm Catholic and I love that Notre Dame is a Catholic school. They have great academics, they are like an Ivy League school. They also have such great football tradition."

Dickerson had zero offers in March, and now he has 16.

"It is a blessing honestly," Dickserson said. "I was planning on going to a lot of camps this summer to get noticed. When Washington offered me, that kind of started everything."

Dickerson can also play on the offensive line, but he says all schools are recruiting him for defense.

"Coach Elliott said Notre Dame likes that I have a relentless motor," Dickerson said. "I never get tired on the field and hit really hard. I'm just a team player. He said he liked my personality over the phone and my transcript and grades."

This summer, Dickerson says he plans to visit the schools that have most recently offered.

"I will probably visit Nebraska, Oregon, Notre Dame, and USC," Dickerson said. "I may camp at Washington and UCLA, but I'm just not sure yet. Nothing is 100 percent yet."

He has no favorites right now, but knows what he's looking for in a school and football program.

"Academics are going to be the main priority," Dickerson said. "I also am looking at the coaching staff and how I fit in with the players. Location is a non-factor. Tradition is a factor as well."

Dickerson is a three-star prospect and ranked as the No. 64 defensive end right now by Scout.com. As a junior this past fall, Dickerson posted over 50 tackles and four sacks.

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