As has been wildly reported, Hurricane Sandy crushed New York and New Jersey, washing away homes and leaving millions without power. Garrett Dickerson and Oradell (N.J.) Bergen Catholic are dealing with the damage as best they can.
"We're recovering from Sandy," said the 6-foot-4, 240-pound tight end. "We got hit kind of hard but everybody is okay. We weren't able to practice on Monday and Tuesday but got back to it on Wednesday. We have a game on Saturday so we have to get back to practice."
Dickerson recently received his 11th scholarship offer from Pittsburgh. He talked about where they stand with him.
"I don't really know too much about the program," Dickerson said. "I know that they try to get out there and play all the best teams to show what they can do. That's definitely a good thing, they're not afraid of anyone. They're willing to play the best to be the best."
Dickerson has offers from schools like Ohio State, Stanford, Vanderbilt and Northwestern, where Dickerson's brother, Cameron Dickerson, plays wide receiver. Does that give the Wildcats a leg up on the competition?
"I really don't have any schools sticking out right now, it's still early," he said. "I'm getting a ton of mail from schools like Alabama, Georgia, Notre Dame and Michigan. Right now I'm just trying to make sure my team is okay and get ready for the playoffs. I'm more worried about my team then myself right now. "
With all these schools in contact with him, where does Dickerson think the next offer is going to come from?
"I really don't know," he said laughing. "I wasn't expecting Pitt to be the next one so who knows."
Decision time is still a long way off for Dickerson but how is he going to decide which school to attend?
"Education is definitely the most important thing," he explained. "Football ends at some point so I need a good education so I can go out into the real world and get a job. The coaches and the environment are also important. I like a tight knit environment where it kind of feels like family. I'm not saying I don't want a big school but I don't want it to feel like a big school."
Bergen Catholic is traveling to Washington D.C. to take on Friendship Collegiate on Saturday, November 3rd.