Before the start of the Texas high school playoffs, speedy running back Tavarreon Dickerson (Arlington, Texas/Arlington) decided to put an end to his recruiting process.
Dickerson committed to Utah State and said he will join the team in the spring after graduating in December. Dickerson, a 5-foot-9, 170-pound running back, chose the Aggies over offers from Texas State, North Texas, Louisiana Tech, Indiana and Pittsburgh. Texas A&M, Kansas and Louisiana-Monroe also showed interest at one point.
“I’m relieved. I can walk around school with a smile on my face now,” Dickerson said. “It’s a big lift off my shoulders.”
Entering Friday’s first-round playoff against Abilene (Texas), Dickerson has rushed for 1,686 yards and 22 touchdowns and is averaging nearly 10 yards per carry as a senior. He has been clocked in the 40-yard dash at 4.4 seconds. Dickerson rushed for 1,584 yards and 21 touchdowns his junior season and 892 yards and six touchdowns as a sophomore.
Dickerson said he has yet to make a trip to Logan, Utah, but he said the sincerity of the coaching staff won him over.
“There are some coaches who kind of pull the wool over your eyes, but with Utah State, I felt they were 100-percent real with me,” Dickerson said. “I’ve research them a lot, and I love what they’re about. I also want to major in business, and they have a good business program.”
Dickerson said the Aggies’ 35-31 win over Hawaii last Saturday gave him an idea of what he wanted in a program. Utah State trailed, 28-7, at halftime but managed to rally in the second half and pull off a big road victory.
“They are family-oriented, and you could see that against Hawaii,” Dickerson said. “Here [at Arlington], we say we play as a family, we play with passion, and we play with heart. That’s how I feel they are, and it showed against Hawaii.”
Dickerson became Utah State’s fifth commitment.