On a live appearance on SportsCenter earlier this week, Buckeye head coach Urban Meyer had nothing but great things to say about the Ohio State tight ends, Jeff Heuerman and Nick Vannett, even going as far to say they are "the best he's had" during his long and impressive coaching career. After adding stud Riverside, California native Marcus Baugh in the 2013 recruiting class, the Buckeyes are back on their grind, searching the country for another talented tight end to bring into the fold for 2014.
One of the prospects the Buckeye coaching staff have set their sights on is 6-4 245 pound Garrett Dickerson. The Oradell, New Jersey product, who visited Columbus last November, caught college coaches' attention after racking up over 360 receiving yards to go along with his 3 touchdowns. But Dickerson just didn't help Bergen Catholic on offense; he also put up 60 tackles and 6 sacks last season from the defensive end spot, where some teams think he might end up playing at the next level.
According to the 247Sports composite rankings, Garrett comes in as the 141st player in the country, 10th best weak side defensive end and the 3rd best talent in the Garden State. Rivals lists him as the 177th player in the country and 5th best tight end while Scout has him as the 187th best player in 2014 and the 6th top tight end. All three websites grade Dickerson out as a four star prospect.
After accumulating well over 20 scholarship offers from across the country, Dickerson tweeted out this afternoon that he will now focus on Stanford, Michigan, Ohio State, Alabama and Northwestern, where his older brother Cameron is a wide receiver, as potential universities he will call home for the next few years.
I had the pleasure to catch up with Garrett Dickerson and touched on subjects from his Buckeye recruitment to when you can expect him to commit to a school:
Out of all the top teams after you, why is Ohio State towards the top of the list?
OSU made my list because I went out there and visited and really liked what I saw. I really felt like I could fit in well down there.
Which Buckeye coach are you in contact with the most and what have they been telling you about where you might fit in this class?
I speak with Coach Hinton the most. He tells me I could come in and make an impact at the tight end position and that I'm a perfect fit for the system they run.
What do you think of OSU head coach Urban Meyer and the Buckeye program as a whole?
I think Coach Meyer is great! When I went to visit, I got a chance to spend some time with him. I love his philosophies and how he likes to run his team. The program is great and it shows by going 12-0 last year. There is no telling what they can do. I think they will only get better.
What are a few things that stood out during your visit to Columbus?
I really enjoyed being in the stadium and just checking out the campus.
Do you plan on camping at Ohio State this summer?
I don't know about camps yet. I have to wait and see my summer schedule first.
What do you feel is the best part of your game?
Honestly, I don't think I have perfected any part of my game yet. I feel like there is always room for improvement.
What do you feel is something you need to work on?
Really just staying low off the ball.
Do you speak with any 2014 recruits or any of the current Ohio State commits?
Yeah, I have spoken with Michigan commits, Syracuse commits and Boston College commits. I haven't talked to any commits from OSU yet.
What are you looking for in a school?
Really just a place where I can get a good education. Football will end at some point and I need to be prepared to go out into the real world and get a job when it does end.
Do you have a timetable for when you would like to commit?
I will either commit before the season or wait until after it ends.
Land-Grant Holy Land would like to thank Garrett for his time. Feel free to follow him on Twitter @Senor_Ocho
To get a feel for what Garrett Dickerson could potentially bring to the Buckeyes, check out these highlights below: