Huskies set the standard for Dickerson

Back in March, Washington played host to a rising 2014 prospect from Northern California and that visit, according to Junipero Serra (San Mateo, Ca.) DL Matt Dickerson, is what he is comparing every other visit he takes this spring to...

"Oh man, it was an outstanding visit back in March," Dickerson told Dawgman.com. "I had so much fun there. The coaches were great and really welcoming to me and I really liked talking with coach (Justin) Wilcox and coach (Tosh) Lupoi. They both really took me under their wings and showed me what I could do in their system and how they would use me."

One thing that Lupoi showed the youngster from Northern California was tape of some former Cal players he helped get ready to play in the NFL.

"He showed me a couple of their big-time guys, guys that just got drafted the past couple of years, and he said I reminded him of them a lot and that really helped me realize how it would be for me there if I committed and signed with them," Dickerson said. "I am basically the same size (6'4", 275) and body type as them and that really helped me envision myself there and it got me excited about the possibility of playing there."

Dickerson also has made at least one other trip to compare things to and said the visit to Montlake still sets the pace.

"I recently visited Colorado this past weekend and it was a great visit," Dickerson said. "I really like coach (Mike) MacIntyre. He's a great guy and he's trying to build Colorado back to being a champion. I have a great relationship with coach (Jim) Jeffcoat too and he and I spent a lot of time together. It's pretty impressive that he's a guy who has played in the NFL for 10 years, so he's done it at the highest level and that's something I really like about him because I know he would make me better.

"As great as that visit was though, Washington's set the standard for me. I mean, every other visit I compare it to Washington and right now it's still the best one I've taken."

When he came up to Montlake to visit Washington, Dickerson already had a Husky offer in hand and since then he has added offers from Colorado, Arizona, Nevada, San Diego State and San Jose State and he said schools from all over have been calling and gauging his interest.

"I've been hearing from a lot of other schools like Pac 12 schools and some other schools," Dickerson said. "They all like me the same way, along the defensive line, and it's definitely the place everyone sees me."

Dickerson is unsure which camps he will take in this spring and summer, but he said he's got an idea although nothing is set in stone.

"I'd love to get back up to Washington for their Rising Stars camp, but we'll just have to see because flights are expensive and I might go see another school instead just because I've seen Washington already," Dickerson said. "Another one I'm looking at is Stanford's camp, but I'm not sure about that one either. I just have to sit down and start to look at the dates and times and see how they all work out."

While Dickerson maintains he doesn't have any favorites at this point, he does have a timeline in mind for when he would like to make a commitment and he also has some criteria in mind that will help him make his decision.

"I'd really like to decide before my season, but if I'm not ready, then I will probably take some visits and make my decision during my season," Dickerson said. "As far as what I will be looking at, a lot of it will be the academics of the school and then the staff. You can't count on a staff being there your entire career, but you also have to feel comfortable with them so that's another thing that will help me -- how I get along with them.

"The other thing I will be looking at will be the players because they are guys I will have be with all the time. At Washington, their players were great. They showed me around and I spent some time with them and I felt right at home there with them and that will be a big thing for me in making my decision."

As a junior this past season, Dickerson played mostly defensive end for Serra and racked up over 50 tackles while posting four sacks.

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