Landon Dickerson has nearly finalized his official visit itinerary.
The 4-star offensive lineman from Hudson (N.C.) South Caldwell told SEC Country that he will take his official visit to Alabama on Dec. 5 and to UGA on Jan. 16.
Dickerson, who is 6-foot-5 and 293 pounds, was already scheduled to visit Auburn on Nov. 28. He took an official visit to Florida State on Oct. 10. Dickerson said he’s holding onto his last official visit in case a school catches his eye late in the process. He said he will take an unofficial visit to Tennessee this month.
When asked about Georgia and its recent struggles, Dickerson said, “I’m not really concerned about that. I know all teams have up-and-down years. Florida, surprisingly, has been a really good program this year. They just happened to win that football game. There’s been a lot of upsets in football this year. It’s not really a surprising thing to me. I understand people are going to lose. Not everybody is going to win. I’ve just kind of been accepting of that. I understand they’ll come back from it. They’ve always had a solid program.”
Dickerson, however, may have a tough decision to make if there’s a coaching change at Georgia, which has been widely speculated after the Bulldogs lost to Florida 27-3 on Saturday and fell to 5-3 overall. Dickerson said he’s grown close to the current coaching staff.
“I like coach (Mark) Richt,” Dickerson said. “Their staff is all great people…I hate that they had to lose yesterday. I think they’ve been doing great things for the past numerous years. That’s what has kind of appealed to me. All the people there, I’m kind of all connected.”
Dickerson has coaching concerns at Alabama as well. He said he’s heard that offensive line coach Mario Cristobal could be leaving Tuscaloosa.
“I’ll hopefully go down there and see what all their plans are for this next year,” Dickerson said.
Dickerson said he’ll try to learn all he can about potential coaching changes, but isn’t sure he’ll find reliable information.
“It’s one of those things,” he said. “You can investigate all you want but in the end even the coaches sometimes don’t know what’s going to happen.”
Dickerson doesn’t seem worried about coaching changes. He said he’s endured staff turnover at his high school on multiple occasions.
“I’ve accepted the fact that not all coaches are going to stay everywhere so I think I would be able to handle a coaching change a little better than some,” Dickerson said.
When asked about Alabama’s program, he said, “I really think if you’re a good football player and you have an offer from Alabama, there should always be an interest there just because of the program they offer and all the things they can do for you as a football player.”
Dickerson, who said he plans to major in engineering, said he likes Auburn because he feels the school can offer a good education and a good football program. He’s been surprised the Tigers haven’t lived up to preseason expectations.
“I wouldn’t say it’s a major concern but just what I was expecting and what they’ve produced this year (isn’t the same),” Dickerson said. “I think a lot of people are just having some down years this year.”
Dickerson said several schools are in consideration for an unofficial visit for that fifth and final official visit. He mentioned Ohio State, Virginia Tech and Texas A&M as possible late entrants into his recruitment.