Garrett Dickerson to Northwestern: Wildcats Land 4-Star DE Prospect

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistDecember 8, 2013

Photo courtesy of 247 Sports
Photo courtesy of 247 Sports

Northwestern received a nice addition to the 2014 recruiting class as Garrett Dickerson announced his intentions to sign with the school.

Dickerson reported the news via Twitter:

Dickerson has the ability to play either tight end or defensive end at the next level, and he is likely to make an impact in either spot. His versatility is his best attribute, and it allows him to be ranked No. 198 in the country and No. 5 in his state, according to 247 Sports' composite rankings.

These types of credentials caused him to gain interest from dozens of schools throughout the country. After a long process, he eventually decided he wanted to play for the Wildcats.

On the defensive side of the ball, the New Jersey native has the ability be a big-time run stopper and also has the strength to penetrate into the backfield on pass plays. 

If he does end up playing offense, he will use that same strength to be an elite blocker. He has also shown in high school the ability to catch the ball and is likely to be a bigger threat near the red zone.

With his size at 6'4" and 240 pounds, he should be an imposing force wherever he lands.

Of course, Dickerson is still pretty raw and could possibly use a season or two to perfect his technique. If he reaches his potential, however, he could certainly become a key player and possibly one of the best in the country.

While it still remains to be seen what position he will play at the next level, Northwestern is adding a great athlete who is certain to make an impact somewhere on the football field.