Dickerson Press Conference Quotes

Imperial (Pa.) wide receiver/running back Dorin Dickerson officially committed to the University of Pittsburgh on Thursday at a press conference.

"I actually committed to Pittsburgh on Monday around 3:30," Dickerson said. "I went down talked to Coach Wannstedt and told him that I was going to be a Pittsburgh Panther."

The "Keystone State" standout had received offers from Florida, Tennessee, Toledo, Virginia, Cincinnati, Michigan State, Penn State, Ohio State, Nebraska, Iowa, Minnesota, West Virginia, Eastern Michigan, Rutgers, Wisconsin, LSU, Boston College, North Carolina, Connecticut, Michigan, Purdue, and Akron in addition to Pitt.

Dickerson had always been a Pitt lean from the get-go, having cheered for the Panthers all his life. His relationship with new wide receivers coach Aubrey Hill, however, sealed the day.

"I met coach Aubrey Hill," Dickerson said, "and after about an hour, I felt like he treated me more like a person than a player. It was like talking to one of my friends. He didn't put any pressure on me at all. He just addressed me as a person and a human being."

The coaches, to no one's surprise, were ecstatic to hear the good news. "Everyone said welcome to Pittsburgh," Dickerson said. "They were all very excited about the news and said they couldn't wait till I got to Pittsburgh."

Dickerson hopes his commitment will spark a common thread amongst kids in Western Pennsylvania.

"I'm gonna be taking an active part of recruiting," Dickerson said, directly referencing such examples as Darren Walls, Aaron Smith, Nate Byham, Jason Pinkston and Justin Hargrove.

Asked to compare his game to a current NFL star, Dickerson stated his game compared to current Tennessee Titan star Eddie George as a running back and Larry Fitzgerald as a wide receiver.

Asked if this had changed the relatively down to earth, Dorin? "No, not at all. I'm just an average kid just like anyone else."

As a junior last season, Dickerson ran 1,065 yds on 130 carries with 13 TDs. He added 25 receptions for 517 yds and eight TDs and contributed 48 tackles and three interceptions on defense.

"I have more to prove," Dickerson said. "I'm not gonna sit just cause I'm going to Pittsburgh. Our goal is to win a state championship. I've got work left to do for the coaches at West Allegheny and for my teammates"

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