Over the bye week this past weekend for Oradell (N.J.) Bergen Catholic football, Top247 defensive end/tight end Garrett Dickerson and his head coach Nunzio Campanile sat down and talked recruiting.
Campanile confirmed on Tuesday morning that the blue-chipper has Northwestern and Stanford at the top of his list and that those two may be the final two.
“That’s what it seems like,” Campanile said. “I don’t know if that list will expand at all as we continue but that seems like what he has it down to.”
The 6-foot-4, 240-pound Dickerson is not expected to make a college decision until after his senior season.
“I think for him he’ll have to decide what side of the ball he wants to play on,” Campanile began. “That will have an effect on his decision. Northwestern has said you can play whatever you’d like. Stanford has mainly looked at him as mainly an outside linebacker with the thought he could play tight end if for whatever reason things didn’t work out.
Campanile couldn’t say if either Northwestern or Stanford had the advantage. Dickerson’s older brother Cameron Dickerson is a sophomore receiver for the Wildcats.
“You’d get such a great education at both places, great football, both head coaches are dynamic guys. I feel he feels strongly about both places and with his brother at Northwestern, I’m sure that means a lot.”
Dickerson is ranked by 247Sports as the nation’s No. 6 weak-side defensive end and No. 114 prospect overall. Campanile has seen continued improvement from him this fall.
“I think he’s doing a great job,” Campanile said. “He’s become a devastating blocker. He’s come into his own athletically. We’ve struggled a lot offensively so we haven’t got him the ball as much as we’d like to. We’ve become more conservative in what we’re doing, but he’s our most productive offensive player as a blocker and receiver. On defense we’ve had to move him around to a lot of places.
“Such an unselfish kid, a special kid, a kid that will do anything for his team.”
Other programs to offer Dickerson includes Alabama, Florida State, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Ohio State, Rutgers, South Carolina, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.