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August 2013

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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  prep profiles New Jersey Tight End Has The Wolverines In His Top Three New Jersey tight end Garrett Dicker- more with Stanford and Northwestern's son isn't the typical four-star prospect, at coaches than Michigan's, but U-M is still least when it comes to what he's looking right on their heels. for in a school. The 6-3 standout is plenty That relationship will be the determincapable on the field — on both sides of ing factor in his recruitment. the ball, no less — "My communi  Garrett Dickerson but when he says cation with the he's more inter- ✪ ✪ ✪ ✪ ✪ coaches is what ested in academics, Bergen Catholic High will set the schools he means it. a p a r t ," D i c k e r School His short list is all Oradell, N.J. son said. "All the the proof needed Class: 2014 schools tell me of that. Stanford Position: Tight End they want me. If topped his list in Ht.: 6-3 • Wt.: 236 they really want to early July, followed Rankings: No.  5 player in talk to me, they'll closely by Michi- New Jersey, No.  9 tight end nationally get me on the gan, with North- and No. 235 player in the country phone. My comwestern third. All munication and are very well respected academically. the way they express to me how they "If Michigan were to be the place for see me fitting in as part of their program me it would be because of the rela- will be the deciding factor." tionship with the coaches," Dickerson Dickerson plans on taking at least two reported recently. "I felt comfortable official visits, potentially three, before around the coaches and players." coming to a decision. His brother, CamDickerson saw a game in Michigan eron Dickerson, is a wide receiver at Stadium last October. The memory has Northwestern. lasted since. "I have my mind pretty much set on "I got a chance to see a game, which these three schools, and I don't think any was amazing," he said. "I got to experi- other ones will be able to make a move," ence 110,000 people in The Big House. he said. "I'd like to take officials to all of It was really impressive. I got to sit down these schools. with coaches and talk to them about "The recruiting classes don't really have how they see me coming in and making an impact. I'll be happy with whoever an impact on the defensive side of the decides to choose the same school I do. ball [outside linebacker]. I could really These recruiting classes right now aren't see myself playing there." a very big factor for me." Ohio State and Alabama rounded out Dickerson hopes to play early wherever his list, but he recently dropped both he ends up. from his top five. He admitted he talks — Chris Balas

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