Junior Profile - Jeff Dicks

Jeff Dicks is a 6-3, 240-pound lineman from Bellevue, Washington and the younger brother of Washington offensive lineman Dan Dicks. While it seems the smart money would be on Jeff following Dan to Montlake, the deal isn't signed, sealed and delivered just yet.

"We just won against Interlake," Jeff told Dawgman.com earlier in the week. "We are in the losers bracket for our district so we had to win." Dicks enjoys the competition hoops provides in the off-season. "We have three football guys on the team. We're pretty physical. (laughs) I like playing basketball a lot. It helps me with my quickness and agility."

Jeff runs a 5.1 40, benches 300 and power cleans 250. "I'm going to lose some weight and play linebacker next season," he said. "I'm going to try to get as quick as I can."

He enjoyed getting after it on the offensive line for the Wolverines, helping them to a 13-0 record and a 3A championship title win over Lynden. "It was great because we didn't really have to throw the ball at all," Jeff said, acknowedging Bellevue's incredible running game. "We ran the ball so well, when it came time to have the playoffs, it was great to run the ball in the cold and in the rain. It was a big advantage for us."

But his true love comes on the other side of the ball. "I've played defense my whole life. I love the feeling you get when you make a big tackle or a sack."

And his strengths on the field? "I feel like I'm pretty quick and strong for my size. I can get excited out there, but it depends on the moment. We are all pumping each other up when we make a big play."

Jeff is still trying to take in as much downtime as he can before the hard work off the field begins again in earnest. "To be honest, doing so well last year, it's been kind of hard to get motivated, but we're getting ready to start lifting weights," Dicks said.

Colleges obviously noticed Jeff's play last year, as he's already received letters from Washington, Arizona State, Oregon, Oregon State, Boston College and Northwestern. "I think my first letter came from Boston College," he said.

As with another top line prospect, Brett Thielke, Jeff wasn't able to attend Washington's Junior Day, although he was invited. "I couldn't go because I was playing basketball that day," he said. "I have to call them (coaches). They can't call me right now. I tried once, but no one was there."

And the thought that Jeff and Dan were meant to play at the same school? High school was a no-brainer but the younger Dicks has a lot of thinking to do before making that decision. "I know a lot of people think that's they way it's going to be, but I'm going to check out my options and go where I can play the most," he said.

And camps? "I think I'm going to go to a few," Dicks said. "I might go to one of the Nike combines. I'm really not sure yet. I need to talk to my coach about that stuff."

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