Virginia Tech has offered a scholarship to Hickory (N.C.) junior Landon Dickerson, a 6’5″, 290-pound offensive lineman. Dickerson also boasts offers from NC State, Tennessee and Wake Forest, as well as interest from Clemson, Duke, Georgia, Nebraska and Purdue.
“My scholarships came on pretty early this season, which is nice because now all I have to worry about is football,” Dickerson said.
While Hickory’s varsity squad primarily ran the ball in 2013, the pass/run ratio is more 50/50 this season. Dickerson, who starts at left tackle but will move to right tackle on occasion, believes he has improved his footwork and pass blocking, two areas college coaches were looking to see him progress in.
“College coaches have told me my run-blocking looks good,” Dickerson said. “Two things I heard to do more on were pass blocking and moving my feet better. I feel like I’ve made a lot of improvement in those areas. Every week I can tell I’m getting better. I know our season has been rough as a team, but hopefully we can get a good win this week.”
As mentioned, Dickerson is his team’s starting left tackle. College coaches are mixed in terms of what position he will play in college, with some saying tackle and others saying guard. What position does the Tar Heel state standout feel is his most natural spot?
“I had never played left tackle before until last year. Four games into the season, I switched to left tackle. Something kind of clicked and I have been there since,” Dickerson answered.
Football runs in Dickerson’s bloodlines. His grandfather, Herman “Foots” Dickerson, played at Virginia Tech.
“Me and my dad grew up as Hokies because my granddad played for Virginia Tech in 1937,” Landon said. “From what I was told, he was Virginia Tech’s first NFL Draft pick.”
Dickerson has been to his grandfather’s alma mater on three separate occasions this year: The Spring Game, one-day camp in June, and the home game against Georgia Tech last month.
“The visits, they have been great,” Dickerson said, referring to his trips to Blacksburg. “The games up there are crazy. I liked it. It’s real nice to go to a game there. I really like the school....
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