Florida Gators recruiting: Dickerson a new name for fans

The Florida Gators recruiting board is expanding by the day at the offensive line position and that continued last week when the Gators visited a new prospect.

That new offensive line prospect is Landon Dickerson (6-5, 297, Hudson, N.C. South Caldwell) who received a visit from the Florida Gators last week.

“They just started contacting me pretty recently,” Dickerson said. “They contacted me probably two weeks ago and Coach [Greg] Nord came up to my school last week and visited with me. We just talked and then I’ve called a couple of the coaches since then to help build a relationship with them.”

The next step for the Florida Gators recruiting efforts is to get Dickerson on campus for a visit and that’s something that could happen next month.

“Right now, I’m trying to plan out my last official visit but Florida is definitely a possibility,” he said of a potential official visit to Florida. “It’s really just going to depend on getting a schedule together after the holidays. I plan to sit down with my family soon and get a plan together for January.”

Despite never visiting the Florida Gators, Dickerson knows a few things about the Gators program under Jim McElwain and offensive line coach Mike Summers.

“I’m not too familiar with the program but Coach McElwain had them playing in the SEC championship this year,” Dickerson said. “There is obviously something good going on down there and I know they’re really shallow on the offensive line depth chart so they have a need for guys to come in and play right away. That’s a plus.”

Dickerson has been a starter since day one in high school and that’s something that he would like to continue doing in college and he says that helps out the Gators chances.

“Playing early definitely helps Florida out,” he said. “I’ve never been one to sit on the bench and not play so if I could play that would be great, I understand that starting in the first game is hard but to have the opportunity to compete and play instead of redshirt is great.”

INSIDERS TAKE: Right now Florida State, Tennessee and Auburn are his top three schools but Florida and Alabama are also squarely in the mix. If Florida can get him on a visit then the Florida Gators could have a real shot here. It’s still very early in the process for both parties at this time though.

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Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for Rivals.com, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.


  1. Yeah buddy, this kid is from my neck of the woods! Good ol’ wood tick country boy lol I went to college just down the road from South Caldwell. It’s actually a hotbed for baseball.. they’ve got some serious baseball players up there. Madison Bumgarner is from there, along with a couple other guys who had short stints in the majors/minors, but played high level D1 ball. This kids looks like a beast in his highlights though.. would be great to get him in for an OV!