The No. 2 wide receiver in the football-intensive state of Texas, Navasota’s Tren'Davian Dickson has no shortage of local suitors. But the 5-foot-11, 171-pound Dickson is looking forward to leaving the small town of Navasota and possibly even leaving the state.
Dickson released his top six earlier this month. Along with three Texas schools (Baylor, Texas, Texas A&M) and Oklahoma State, Dickson also listed two traditional powers not in the heart of the country: Alabama and USC. And tradition is part of the reason why Dickson is interested in the Trojans.
“It’s just a great traditional school and Coach Tee Martin has been real cool,” Dickson said. “They’re just selling the program. You know nothing out of the ordinary. It’s just a good place to live and play.”
Dickson has repeatedly expressed his desires to visit the West Coast and get a look at USC. Navasota has a population of less than 7,500, so Los Angeles may be a bit of a culture shock, but Dickson is ready for the experience.
The USC coaching staff wants to make that visit happen, but Dickson said as of right now, he’s doesn’t know when he’ll make the trip.
“I’m not sure yet, but I’ll eventually get out there.”
Instead of taking visits this summer, the former Baylor commit is focused on improving his game. He’s locked in on producing for his 7-on-7 club and working hard in the weight room.
“Trying to get stronger, faster and more explosive,” Dickson said earlier this year. “I feel like you can always get better at something. Me, I just play smooth and I work hard. I’m always working man.”
Dickson doesn’t know if he’ll decide to stay close to home or if he’ll hit the road once he’s chosen a college. He says it doesn’t matter, “it’s just the best fit and whatever I feel most comfortable with.”
But one thing that he thinks is a good fit for his skill set is the pro-style offense. Dickson said Navasota runs the spread, making a school like USC a potential fit due to the Trojans implementation of parts of both offensive systems.
Dickson has built a good relationship with Martin and said the two have had a number of good conversations, including talking about the receivers USC has been putting in the NFL recently.
While Dickson’s size and speed (4.71 verified 40) don’t stand out, his production is unequaled. As a junior, he hauled in 90 receptions for 2,163 yards. Even more impressive, 39 of his receptions (one every 2.3 catches) were touchdowns — setting a new national high school record for a single-season. He also helped lead Navasota to the Texas Class 4A Division I title.
Navasota and Dickson are hoping for a repeat performance this season, but before the playoffs start, Dickson plans to have a college destination chosen. Wanting to enroll in college early, Dickson said he’ll likely make his decision known in October.
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