During the recruiting process Landon Dickerson has had a set of schools that have consistently stuck out to him. Other programs joined the race as the summer drew near.
The direction coach Butch Jones has the Big Orange heading is something the South Caldwell (N.C.) High School talent finds attractive as the Volunteers constantly find themselves listed by the blocker as a favorite.
“I really like Tennessee,” Dickerson told InsideTennessee. “I know they’re going to do something great here in the next few years. Coach Jones wins everywhere he goes. So I’m happy to say they’re one of my top schools right now.”
Offensive line coach Don Mahoney and area recruiter Mark Elder have the Hudson native seeing orange.
“I hear from coach Mahoney and coach Elder about once a week at least,” Dickerson said.
“We’re at the point now to where our relationship is more than football. We talk about everything there is to talk about — our family, how we’re doing, especially with coach Elder. He just had a kid, so I ask him how he’s doing most of the time. But our relationships are getting better every time we talk.”
The Scout four-star prospect had a previous engagement and couldn’t attend Saturday’s Orange Carpet Day, but he did trip to Tennessee in the winter for a junior day and attended the Dish Network Orange & White game back on April 25.
“I know there were supposed to be tornadoes and stuff there still I think 60,000 people came out,” Dickerson said. “I know they wanted 100,000 to come out but still through tornadoes and supposed-to-be rain 60,000 to come out to watch a football game that just shows you how loyal the fans are.”
The 6-foot-5, 306-pounder’s next challenge comes in Beaverton, Oregon, as he competes against some of the country’s elite defensive linemen one-on-one at The Opening on July 6-10. Dickerson told IT he plans to compete at both guard and tackle.