Landon Dickerson wasn’t looking for an NFL stepping stone when he began his recruitment. And while he’s still not, he has become more mindful of the possibility after hearing various recruiters present their sales pitches.
That awareness could help Alabama, as they host the 6-foot-5, 300-pound offensive tackle this weekend. The four-star prospect from South Caldwell High School (Hudson, N.C.) can’t help but think about life after college after going through almost two years of recruiting.
“In the beginning I focused a lot on education; that was my main part,” Dickerson said. “I just forgot about the NFL side completely, but now coaches talk about where I’ll get drafted.”
Alabama has more to offer than just preparing its players for the NFL. The Crimson Tide has proven it is a perennial championship contender.
“Playing for a national championship, you know only one team is going to win it,” Dickerson said. “That’s a hard thing to base (my decision) off of. Winning hasn’t been a big part of it, but I would like a school that has a solid program, always going to bowl games and consistently winning somewhat.”
“If I was fortunate enough to win a national championship where I go to school,” Dickerson continued, “I would be excited about that, but I understand that’s a very hard thing to accomplish.”
Dickerson has been hesitant to name a leader. However, Florida State and Tennessee seem to have surged to the forefront. That doesn’t mean Alabama can’t flip his favor this weekend.
Dickerson is the No. 4 offensive tackle in the nation and the No. 2 overall prospect in North Carolina.
All player ranking and ratings are from the 247Sports Composite.