Matt Dicken, RB, 5-11, 180, 4.4, Lower Cape May Regional HS
I had a chance over the weekend to look at the tapes of South Jersey running back Matt Dicken. Sometimes you look at a tape and the player looks smaller than his reported height and weight. That's not surprising. Players sometimes inflate their vital stats to draw interest and even offers. Looking at Matt Dicken's tape I had the opposite impression. Matt looks bigger than his listed 5-11, 180.
5-11? He could be 5-11 but as far as his weight goes he looks more like 210. He is a big kid with a powerful upper body. Matt is not afraid to use that size to crash his way through opponents. On one play I watched it took 6 tacklers to bring him down. However, it is not his size that impresses as much as his vision. Matt has excellent vision in the open field. He is a natural, instinctive running back. In an broken field situation facing a bunch of tacklers downfield Matt impresses with his ability to make the perfect cut to maximize his gains. On a couple of plays I would see him make a cut and think, 'that's a mistake, he should have cut outside" but then I would see that he had a key defender turned around and that the "inside cut" was the right move. It is not just the fact that Matt has excellent open field vision it is how he reacts instantly to the changes in the flow of the play. For instance, Matt uses his blockers brilliantly but can burst into the open field when the need arises.
Matt also possesses the gifts of a natural running back when it comes to getting tough yards. He has a knack for slipping tackles in close quarters and uses his strength to fight for the extra couple of yards when tacklers are able to bring him down. He often uses his free hand in such situations to hold himself off the turf to get the last extra yard on running plays.
His listed speed looks legit. I saw many breakaway 40 plus yard runs. I didn't see him get caught from behind. Once he got a step on his defenders he was gone. His speed is so much of a factor that Lower Cape May Regional uses him repeatedly on fly patterns! Matt simply outruns the defenders as the QB lofts it up there. Matt has good hands and is an effective deep threat.
I'll be sending the tape up to Big Dog to bring online in the near future.
In the meantime here are some more facts and stats on Matt.
#reps @ 185 lbs.
34" 315 455 23
Jr year - Rushed for 1336 yds on 200 carries ranked 1st in C.A.L.),15 rushing TD's(2nd in C.A.L.),92 points scored(4th in C.A.L.), also caught 9 passes for 178 yds.
Voted to 1st team all C.A.L., Second team all Group 3,Selected as Football MVP by Cape May County Gazette.
Soph Year -1001 yds rushing, over 500 receiving yds,
Voted 2nd team all C.A.L.
Fr year - Used primarily as a KR (approx.250 return yds), 167 rushing yds on approx.30 carries
Matt holds school records for rushing yds in a season(1336),and most career rushing yards (2508).He's also the first back in school history to have back to back 1000 yd seasons. In three years at Lower Cape May, Matt has accumulated close to 4000 all purpose yds.
Matt is on track to becoming a 12 letter athlete. As a member of the track team he runs the 100m (10.7), 200m (23.1) and long jump (19'9").
The 10.7 in the 100m broke a 23 year old school record.
He is also a member of the wrestling team, and went 16-6 in his sophomore year (selected as team MVP), his career record is 32-14.
This weekend Matt made an unofficial visit to Syracuse and plans an unofficial to Rutgers in the near future.