Recognizing Wisconsin's Strengths

Wanting to beef up the strength and pressure from Wisconsin's defensive line, the Badgers have targeted Bergen Catholic (N.J.) junior defensive end Garrett Dickerson - the nation's No.7 defensive end - as a player who could make an immediate impact.

MADISON - With the new Wisconsin coaching staff wanting to morph the Badgers into an aggressive, high-pressure defense, the Badgers would like nothing better than to add an athlete of Garrett Dickerson's caliber into the 2014 recruiting class.

The Bergen Catholic (N.J.) junior four-star defensive end is currently ranked the No. 7 defensive end in the nation by Scout.com, but felt there was some unfinished business his past season.

"We did all right this past season," Dickerson told Badger Nation. "We went 8-4 and lost in the state championship, but we had some good times. Our rival is Don Bosco. We hadn't beaten in eight years, so we didn't get what we all wanted to get done. I think I had a good season, but there are definitely some things I could have done better."

His numbers would suggest differently, as Dickerson finished 2012 with 60 tackles, six sacks, three fumble recoveries, one forced fumble and five batted passes on defense while registering 24 catches for 364 yards and three touchdowns from the tight end position.

The 6-4, 240-pound two-way player has 15 offers that spread all over the country, but explains what sticks out from his latest offer in Wisconsin.

"Coach (Thomas) Hammock had come awhile ago, saw me at school one day and I spoke to him," Dickerson told Badger Nation. "We started talking more and then on Facebook, I was talking to him and that was when he told me the news that they would be offering me.

"I feel good picking up the Wisconsin offer. Wisconsin is a very good program and are very strong in the Big Ten. They do a lot of great things. I don't know too much actually on Wisconsin, but I do know that they play very good football and play some good teams. They are a top 25 team every year, which is obviously very good."

Hammock was a key East Coast recruiting presence on Wisconsin's staff under Bret Bielema, and that role has continued under new head coach Gary Andersen.

"I think he is a great guy," Dickerson said of Hammock. "We talk every two weeks or so. We talk every so often about many things, but he is a great guy and is very nice. He wants the best things for his players, and I like that about him, too."

Without any visits scheduled, Dickerson is hoping to break down his offer list to a top 10 in the summer and start taking his visits from that list.

Admitting that Wisconsin is, "a school I could see myself visiting," Dickerson's immediate plans are improving playing a game he has fallen in love with since he started playing in the first grade.

"I know a lot about the game," Dickerson said. "I think for just playing for so long has made it possible for me to visualize things in the game that not many other people can because I have been playing for so long and it has taught me many different things. I feel like an experience player that can see things before they happen. I let my game speak for itself."


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