Four-star offensive line prospect Landon Dickerson hasn’t ruled out the possibility of making his college choice prior to February 3, which is National Signing Day for the class of 2016. The heavy offseason coaching turnover certainly isn’t making things any easier, however, as the Under Armour All-American tries to settle on his collegiate future.
“Of the schools I’m looking at, I think Tennessee has been the most stable in terms of coaches,” said Dickerson, who listed the Volunteers along with “Auburn, Georgia, Florida State, Alabama and Virginia Tech” as the schools currently on his list. He claims no favorite at this point in the process.
So far, the South Caldwell High School (Hudson, N.C.) star has taken two official visits – to Florida State and Auburn, respectively – and has scheduled two others. He plans on visiting Georgia officially beginning January 16, and then he’ll head to Tuscaloosa to visit Alabama on January 22.
Dickerson discussed the schools he has officially visited so far.
“They are great schools,” Dickerson said of Florida State and Auburn. “I got to see great rivalry games – the Iron Bowl between Alabama and Auburn, and FSU versus Miami. They had great atmospheres. My only thought with Florida State is that people were sure Les Miles was going to be fired and Jimbo Fisher was going to go to LSU. I guess those were all rumors. At Auburn, Will Muschamp just left for South Carolina.”
Has the amount of coaching changes that have taken place this year impacted how Dickerson will go about making his college decision?
“[Relationship with the coaches] is important, but I have also stepped back to look at the education piece and the school, even if I didn’t play football,” Dickerson answered.
Virginia Tech, of course, has had coaching turnover of its own. Legendary head coach Frank Beamer is retiring, and it has been just over one week since former Memphis Tigers coach Justin Fuente was introduced as the Hokies’ new football coach. Dickerson recalls speaking with Coach Fuente last Tuesday.
“He told me I was the first guy he contacted, which I appreciate,” Dickerson said. “He had an upbeat attitude about him. I’m going to sit and talk with him or the offensive line coach, but [Fuente]...
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