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Northwestern Signing Day 2014 Player Capsules: Garrett Dickerson

The basics
School: Bergen Catholic (NJ)
Position: SB
Height/Weight: 6-foot-3/236 pounds
Stars: 4
Other offers: Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Ohio State, Stanford, Michigan, others
247 profile
Twitter: @Senor_Ocho 

What you should know

Sometime during Northwestern’s 2013 season, most predictions of which school Dickerson would pick shifted. For months Stanford and Michigan were believed to have a leg up on all other interested schools. Dickerson eliminated Michigan from consideration at some point, but even then, Stanford was thought to be his most likely destination. Near the end of the season, more and more experts changed their opinions. Northwestern was Dickerson’s new leader.

Dickerson committed on December 8, during his official visit to Northwestern’s campus. If you look below at the tweet he sent out on the day he committed, Dickerson included “#tightend.” That was surprising to most people who covered or followed his recruitment. The Wildcats were thought to be recruiting Dickerson as a defensive end.

In his senior season at Bergen Catholic, Dickerson caught 25 passes for 376 yards and recorded 32 tackles. His list of offers is impressive; Northwestern doesn’t typically beat those schools out for recruits. It probably helped that Dickerson’s brother, Cameron, is a wide receiver for the Wildcats. One of his high school teammates, 2014 outside linebacker commit Cameron Queiro, tried his best to sell Northwestern to Dickerson.

Though he might be one of the most talented players in this class, it’s unclear whether he will play as a true freshman. If he outplays starting superback Dan Vitale in training camp, I suppose it’s a possibility.