ESPN’s Chris Berman and other SportsCenter anchors used to joke about Minnesota Vikings receiver Cris Carter that “all he does is catch touchdowns.” Navasota (Texas) wide receiver Tren’Davian Dickson embodied that phrase during his junior season.
Of Dickson’s 90 receptions (for 2,163 yards), a whopping 39 went for touchdowns — a new national single-season record for touchdown receptions! He helped lead his Navasota team to a perfect 16-0 record and the Texas Class 4A Division I title. That means once every 2.3 times Dickson caught the ball it went for six points.
That’s absolutely ridiculous and so is the fact that Baylor was the only school that had offered Dickson for a long time, but then suddenly he has blown up with offers left and right. The 6-foot, 170-pound speedster committed to Baylor last summer, but has backed off of that commitment now that he has received so much more attention following his record-breaking season.
The latest of the slew of offers he received came from USC head coach Steve Sarkisian last week.
“It’s a big deal because USC is one of the best football programs of all time,” Dickson said. “Coach Tee [Martin] hit me up Wednesday on Twitter and we talked. Friday, he told me to give him and Coach Sarkisian a call. I talked to Coach Sarkisian and he just offered me. He told me I’m a good player and he wants me to come out and check everything out.”
Dickson said he’s never been to Los Angeles before so he’s going to try to make it out during the summer or early in the fall to visit USC.
He’s focused on determining his college home based off comfort and his relationships with coaches. With the USC coaches, he said he’s still getting to know them, which is one of the reasons why he would like to make the sojourn from East Texas to Southern California.
Those summer visits take on even more importance with Dickson because he said he is planning to enroll in college early and hasn’t determined where he will take his official visits in the fall. His early enrollment will move up his decision, likely to November near the end of the high school regular season, according to Dickson.
But until then, the No. 21 player in the Scout 300 is focused on staying in the weight room as much as possible now that basketball season is over.
“Trying to get stronger, faster and more explosive,” Dickson said. “I feel like you can always get better at something. Me, I just play smooth and I work hard. I’m always working man.”
With Navasota located in the Austin-Houston-College Station triangle, it’s going to be tough for anyone to pluck Dickson out of Texas. Along with his affinity for Baylor, Dickson’s older brother, Brandal Jackson, played at Texas A&M as did Dickson’s coach at Navasota High, Lee Fedora, who also happens to be the brother of North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora.
New teams continue to throw their scholarship offer into the ring, making this one difficult to forecast, but Dickson is loving the attention that he well deserves.
“It’s been great. I’ve been enjoying it,” Dickson said of the recruiting process.
Check out the highlights from Tren'Davian Dickson's incredible performance in the state championship game this year, where he was asked to do more than just catch touchdowns: