Profile: Jason Dickson
Projected Position at UCLA: Left Tackle
Weight: 305 pounds.
Dickson chose UCLA over Arizona State, Colorado, Louisville and others. He was originally from Southern California, going to Corona Santiago High School, then spent his senior in the Bay Area at Vallejo High School. He then stopped playing football but then returned to the field when he enrolled at Diablo Valley (Calif.) College. He has said he grew up a UCLA fan, so despite many other schools pursuing him, UCLA is where he wanted to be. Early on it was UCLA defensive line coach Angus McClure recruting him, since NorCal is McClure's region, and then UCLA offensive line coach Hank Fraley. It was very fortuitous that Dickson committed now, since the upper echelon of the Pac-12, were starting to get involved, including USC.
Being a JC student, Dickson will have to stay on an academic path to take the right course to qualify for a UC, but the word is that he's currently on that path and doing well.
The Scouting Report
We have never seen Dickson in person, but base our evaluation of him on his tape and scouts we trust who have seen him. There aren't many true left tackle prospects out there in the world -- that is, recruits who possess the height and length to be a tackle but then the athleticism to defend the edge against perhaps the opponents best pass rusher and protect the quarterback's blind side (for a right-handed quarterback). Dickson, though, is a true left tackle prospect, with the size at 6-6 and 305 and the athleticism. What jumps out at you when watching his tape are how quick his feet are, and that he's able to stay square and in front of his man because of how quick he can move his feet laterally. Remember, too, that his highlight tape is his freshman year as a JC player, not against high-school level competition. He's still pretty raw, admittedly, and will have a good amount of technique to learn, especially in getting his big body low to gain leverage. But the tools are there.
How He'll Fit at UCLA
Dickson is, actually, a pretty crucial part of UCLA's recruiting class. He could very well plug in immediately to UCLA's starting OL, with the possibility of UCLA losing starting left tackle Kolton Miller a year early to the NFL, and the projected starting right tackle Sunny Odogwu, the Miami graduate transfer. Without many true tackles in the program, Dickson has a pretty clear path to the starting five. He'll have an advantage; he's older as as JC player and he intends to enroll in January of 2018 and participate in spring practice, to give him a head start on the 2018 season. Being a JC sophomore this fall, he'll have three years to play two at UCLA, and be junior at for the 2018 season.