Against a defense stocked with college-bound talent, Dickerson took his first touch of the game for an 80-yard touchdown and finished with a career-high 282 rushing yards and three scores. Behind the 5-foot-9, 185-pound back, the Eagles led by 20 at halftime and held on to beat the eventual DCSAA champion Knights.
“We already knew it was going to be a game that could put our team on the map,” Dickerson said. “When I pulled up to the field I saw the cameras and the news reporters and everything, and I knew it was my time to shine.”
But sterling game film and statistics alone aren’t usually enough to convince college recruiters. This summer, Dickerson has zigzagged up and down the Eastern seaboard attending one-day camps and hoping to stand out from the pack. Heading into his senior season, the speedy back has treated each camp stop with a similar mind-set.
In recent weeks, Dickerson has camped at Temple, Duke, Connecticut and Syracuse. He plans to attend another at Old Dominion Friday before closing his camp schedule on Sunday at Maryland.
Dickerson, who rushed for 1,130 yards and scored 17 total touchdowns in eight games, has already landed Football Bowl Subdivision scholarship offers from Toledo and Buffalo. He said he’s received positive feedback after his other camps and hopes two more consistent performances this weekend will help him add more.
“It’s tough with high school football. You go through adversity, and you can get discouraged sometimes,” said Dickerson, who played on the junior varsity squad in 2011. “But not once have I ever thought that I wasn’t a D-I player.”
Dickerson played some cornerback last season, but he said he’s likely to focus on offense and kick returns this year. He’s hoping to find a college fit as a running back or slot receiver and plans to start making more unofficial visits, likely to Toledo and Buffalo among others, soon.
This fall, Dickerson will move around the formation for the Eagles. He’s excited to catch a few more passes from promising signal-caller Brandon Battle, a rising junior who took over starting duties last fall. (The Eagles’ passing game will also feature tight end Marquise Watts, who has garnered a handful of Football Bowl Subdivision offers.)
Dickerson’s top attribute is his speed, a natural gift that he’s honed with help from a personal trainer to improve his running form.
Dickerson clocked in at 4.4 seconds in the 40-yard dash at the Connecticut camp on June 9, his right hamstring still nagging after a twinge the week before at Duke. With a few days to recover, he’s hoping to be timed around 4.35 seconds for the 40, which could be enough to coax a few more offers.
“I feel like I’m back and healthy and everything,” Dickerson said, “so now I’ve just got to show it.”
Check out Dickerson’s junior highlight tape below: