Landon Dickerson isn’t expecting to learn much when he hosts three Florida coaches on Thursday. He learned plenty on his official visit to Gainesville, Fla., last weekend.
“I learned quite a bit about them and the coaching staff too, which was nice,” the four-star offensive lineman from South Caldwell High School (Hudson, N.C.) said. “I think (Thursday’s visit) is just going to be sitting down and just talking really. I know most of what I need to know about the school.”
That’s saying plenty for the Gators. Florida was trailing Florida State, Auburn, Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee before that visit. The Gators have made a late-but-strong push for Dickerson, who is rated the No. 4 offensive tackle in the nation and the No. 2 overall prospect in North Carolina. Dickerson now counts Florida among his finalists after last weekend’s visit, although Florida State and Tennessee are thought to be in the best position.
“I was thoroughly impressed with the Florida visit a lot more than I expected,” the 6-foot-5, 300-pound prospect said. “Academic wise, football wise, I was very impressed.”
Like any casual football fan, Dickerson knew Florida football from afar. He didn’t realize the extent of the support the football players enjoyed until last weekend.
“The big thing for me was the support staff that was part of the football program,” Dickerson said. “I was impressed with everything, all the knowledge and everything they do for the players.”
Dickerson is expecting Florida head coach Jim McElwain, offensive line coach Mike Summers and special teams coordinator/tight ends coach Greg Nord on Thursday. As for a leader, Dickerson is in a tough situation.
“It’s really hard to say at this point,” he said.
Dickerson is scheduled to take an official visit to Alabama this weekend. He is scheduled to take his final official visit to either Georgia or Tennessee on Jan. 29.
All player ranking and ratings are from the 247Sports Composite.