Commitment Analysis: Dickerson

We look at what UCLA is getting in their new four-star defensive end commitment, Matt Dickerson, from San Mateo (Calif.) Serra...

Profile: Matt Dickerson
Position: Defensive End
Location: San Mateo (Calif.) Serra
Height: 6-foot-5
Weight: 280-pounds

Ranking: Four-star defensive end, ranked #21 nationally.

Recruiting: Dickerson committed to UCLA after being a commit to Notre Dame since summer.  He originally picked the Irish over the Bruins, Oregon, USC, Washington, Nebraska and Cal among others .

The Scouting Report: Dickerson is a well put together defensive end, who could end up sliding inside to play tackle in college, particularly in a 3-4. He's a basketball player too and moves around nimbly. He's good at getting off the ball low and playing with leverage and does a good job of disengaging from his blockers. He's better at stopping the run than rushing the passer, but he's still a pretty stout pass-rusher.  Dickerson did miss the majority of his senior year with a back injury, but according to his coach, it's not a career-threatening injury, but something that sidelined him for the year.

Overall Analysis: UCLA's defensive line recruiting continues to be at a level unseen in Westwood in at least two decades. A year after landing three Scout 300 prospects, including a five-star in Eddie Vanderdoes, the Bruins again have three Scout 300 defensive linemen, adding Dickerson to a commitment from Jacob Tuioti-Mariner earlier this week and one from Ainuu Taua last month.  And for the second straight year, UCLA got a Notre Dame commit from Northern California to flip to the Bruins, like Vanderdoes did a year ago.  Angus McClure, a NorCal native, again showed his relentlessness in recruiting and also his ability to recruit in NorCal.  Dickerson is one of the more athletic big men in the West, not unlike Tuioti-Mariner, and projects really well inside in the Bruins' 3-4 defense.  It also adds more depth to the Bruins defensive line, which at points started two true freshman this year and at some times had three true freshman playing at the same time (and not in garbage time).  If Dickerson can fully recover from his back injury, and his coach has indicated that shouldn't be an issue, UCLA's defensive line should be strong for the next few years.

Check out film of Dickerson from his junior season.

Brandon is in his ninth year with and FOXSportsNext, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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