With Garrett Dickerson taking a number of visits in the past month or so it would be logical to think that he would be close to narrowing down his list. Today the tight end from Oradell (N.J.) Bergen Catholic did just that, announcing his highly anticipated top five.
"I've been thinking about it and there are schools that aren't too interested in me and I've been very blessed and thankful that they had offered me a scholarship but I really figured out what my top five is," said the 6-foot-4, 240-pound Dickerson. "In no particular order it is Stanford, Michigan, Ohio State, Northwestern and Alabama.
"I recently visited Stanford and really liked everything," he said. "I got to spend time with the players and talk with the coaches. People thought I committed but I didn't.
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"Alabama a great football program," Dickerson said. "They've won two straight national championships and they have a great program. I would definitely want to be a part of that.
"We went out to Northwestern this past weekend and I really enjoyed myself," he said. "The campus is great, I got to spend a lot of time with the coaches and they're very high on me. I really just liked the direction they're headed, their philosophies and the way they run their plays. It's not only about my brother (current Northwestern player Cameron Dickerson) but those reasons as well.
"When I went out to Michigan and Ohio State I great times and really felt like I could fit in and be good with the coaches," said Dickerson. "I really think I could come in and make an impact. I feel like I could play pretty early which is something that I want to do. I just really liked it out there, enjoyed the campuses, the facilities and the people."
With more than 20 FBS scholarship offers, there had be a few schools that almost made Dickerson's top five.
"Some schools that were close to making the cut were Tennessee, Florida State, Wisconsin and Michigan State," he explained. "I'll still keep communication open with a few schools but I'm really focusing on my top five schools right now."
Dickerson has visited every school in his top five except for Alabama but he doesn't know when he will get a chance to go down to Tuscaloosa.
"We don't know yet," Dickerson said. "We're going to take a little timeout right now and let me finish up the schools year. We'll take some more visits over the summer but we aren't sure where we'll go next."
Going forward, Dickerson is shifting his focus off of his recruitment.
"Right now, the next step is finishing up the school year strong, preparing for the season in the weight room, finishing the offseason weight training program and getting focused with my team," he said.
Dickerson also plans on competing in the Rivals Camp Series Presented by Under Armour in New Jersey on April 27.