Northwestern landed a commitment today from 4-star TE/DE Garrett Dickerson, making him the second or third 4-star (depending who you ask) to commit to NU this year. He becomes the 13th commitment of the Wildcats’ 2014 class. Visit and subscribe to 247 Sports for more.
School: Bergen Catholic (NJ)
Other offers: Alabama, Arizona, Boston College, UConn, Florida State, Maryland, Michigan, NC State, Ohio State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, South Carolina, Stanford, Syracuse, Tennessee, Toledo, Vanderbilt, Wisconsin
Profiles: 247, Scout, Rivals, ESPN
What’s the Hype?
The 2014 class has been very successful for Northwestern, possibly the Wildcats’ best ever. There have been some great commitments, and there might be another one to go — it’s officially time for Parrker Westphal watch — but Dickerson is the guy NU fans wanted the most all along.
Why? Well, by all accounts he’s a great player, but so are fellow four-stars Justin Jackson and Clayton Thorson. However, Dickerson commanded the most hype from early on. NU was his first offer, but his offer list quickly grew to include Michigan, Stanford, Ohio State and Alabama, which combined to be in his eventual top five, along with NU. It was another Ifeadi Odenigbo kind of situation, which got fans saying, “If we can get him, we’ll be on the national radar.”
When Dickerson announced his top three, things looked bleak for NU. Stanford was his top choice, then Michigan, then NU. But then, something happened, and Michigan was no longer in the running. Then, circumstances changed again and the Wildcats looked to be in the lead. Recruiting is a nutty game; don’t ever count anyone out.
This has been a long haul for NU. Michigan and Stanford really wanted him, at least at the beginning — in fact, he was visiting Michigan when NU played in Ann Arbor last year — so getting him to end up in Evanston over Ann Arbor and Palo Alto (oh, and don’t forget Columbus and Tuscaloosa) would be difficult. And when you put it this way, it’s pretty incredible to think about:
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