Landon Dickerson is a high school graduate that could be enrolled in college right now in order to get a head start on the 2016 football season. First, he had a more pressing matter to attend to.
The four-star offensive offensive tackle from South Caldwell High School (Hudson, N.C.) chose to postpone his college enrollment and take the spring semester in order to become an Eagle Scout. It’s the culmination of more than a decade of scouting.
“It’s a good thing to have, especially for resumes,” Dickerson said. “I think coaches appreciate me doing that as much as they would like me to come to school there.”
The process is quite involved. Dickerson, who is rated the nation’s No. 4 offensive tackle and No. 2 prospect in the state of North Carolina, has to come up with an idea for a community project, get approval for the project, raise the necessary funds and then complete the project to a committee’s satisfaction. Once that is complete, he will have achieved the highest honor a Boy Scout can achieve.
“It will mean a lot especially since my dad’s been big on it,” Dickerson said. “Right now, I really don’t realize the value of it because I’m not going into the workforce or trying to find a job anywhere, but hopefully in the future it will help.”
In order to become an Eagle Scout, Dickerson said he plans on cleaning up an area recreation center, which will include adding some park benches. With scouting, school, football and recruiting, Dickerson has been busy as of late. He told SEC Country that Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia and Tennessee are his finalists, although most believe it’s a two-horse race between the Seminoles and the Vols. As a highly touted prospect, Dickerson has predictably been bombarded with phone calls.
“I’ve talked on the phone as much in the past two years probably as much as I will in the rest of my life,” he joked.
As National Signing Day approaches, some prospects get frustrated with all the attention. Dickerson doesn’t feel that way at all.
“It’s been very enjoyable,” he said. “Some people see it as a burden, always getting calls all the time everyday. I’ve really kind of tried to enjoy it because I know it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity that not many people have. I try to find the best in everything.”
With six high-profile finalists, Dickerson is the center of attention for some of the nation’s most aggressive recruiters and, subsequently, the media that covers them. None of the attention seems to rattle him.
“For his mom and I, it’s been more hectic for us than it seems to be for him,” Dickerson’s father, Jim Dickerson, said. “He seems to just take it all in stride. Through the last month, especially the last few weeks, he’s literally had to cut his phone off at times so he can get a break. It’s been interesting.”
Dickerson can find solace if he needs it. He just heads outside.
“I backpack. I hunt and I fish,” he said. “I just like the outdoors really.”
All that could be seen as an escape. Perhaps it is from the rigors of recruiting. However, Dickerson doesn’t need an escape from football.
“I don’t really ever get tired of football, the weight room and anything like that,” he said. “I think the reason I’m in this situation is I don’t get tired of football and I don’t get tired of the weight room. It’s just something I’ve always enjoyed.”
Whichever school lands Dickerson, his future coaches can be sure he’ll be prepared. After all, that’s his motto.
All player ranking and ratings are from the 247Sports Composite.