"I knew what I wanted, that was it," Dickerson said. "I was like, this is the place for me. The coaches, the people, the major. I even met with the people in the engineering department and they laid it out for me and said, ‘This is the place for you.'"
Dickerson, a 5-foot-11 ½, 166-pound receiver out of Atlanta High School (Atlanta, Texas), made an appointment to meet with some professors in the engineering department during his unofficial visit to SMU in March. He wants to major in electrical engineering and knows SMU has one of the top programs in the state.
As he walked around the campus, taking in both the academic and athletic perspectives of the university, Dickerson couldn't find a reason not to want to go to SMU.
"I brought a notebook and wrote down all the pros and cons as I walked around," he said. "And well, I really didn't have anything on the con side. I really liked basically everything about the college. There was nothing that stood out to me and said, ‘No, this isn't the place for you.' Everything was, ‘Yes, yes this is the place for you.'"
On his first visit to the Hilltop, Dickerson—who is not related to Eric Dickerson, by the way—didn't get a chance to chat with June Jones. So he decided to take another trip to Dallas last week and talk to the head coach. And get a last look at the school before committing.
"It was very exciting," Dickerson said of his first meeting with Jones. "He said he was really looking forward to me committing and that they really like me. He gave me some other compliments about how I play the game. He believed SMU was the place for me and so did all the other coaches."
By other coaches, Dickerson is referring to his recruiter, defensive line coach Bert Hill, and wide receivers coach Jason Phillips.
Dickerson said the atmosphere was really light and fun when meeting the staff, which was also a plus.
"They just laid it out for me," Dickerson said. "They said, ‘We're not going to sugar coat anything. We're just going to tell you how it is right now … this is the place for you.'"
Dickerson said that out of everybody, his mom was most excited about the commitment.
"She was happier than I was, and I thought I was pretty happy," he said. "She's so proud of me. Raised me right and now I get to go out and make my own decisions and become a successful young man."
And mom will get to come watch her son play on the weekends, as Atlanta is only a two-and-a-half hour drive from Dallas.
Dickerson plays a lot of safety in high school, but is excited to play slot receiver at SMU. He will add depth and speed to the receiving corps that will lose the likes of Darius Johnson and Cole Loftin after this season.
Atlanta doesn't have an organized spring football season, so these days after school, Dickerson runs routes with some teammates. He's also preparing for state in the 4X200 meter relay where he'll run the third leg. Dickerson feels his squad has a good chance to win it all. His personal record in the 200 is about 22.3 seconds.
"So I'm either going to make it, or break it," he said, laughing.
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