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July 2, 2010With offers from most schools across the country, Griffin (Ga.) defensive end Xzavier Dickson has plenty of options.
Dickson is headed to 7-on-7 at Alabama this weekend, but did name a top three, as well as a leader before he headed out.
"Auburn, Alabama, and Georgia," Dickson said are his top three.
Although Dickson named a top three, he admits one school is standing out a little more than the others right now.
"They are somewhat equal," Dickson said. "Alabama is my leader."
Dickson has already taken two trips to Auburn, for Big Cat Weekend and Senior Mini Camp in June. Dickson came away with good things to say about the Tigers on both occasions.
Auburn defensive line coach Tracy Rocker is recruiting Dickson to the Plains, and Dickson did enjoy learning under Rocker at the Auburn camp. Rocker's straight forward attitude seemed to make an impact with Dickson.
"It went good, coach Rocker is a hands on coach," Dickson said about his camp experience. "He's a solid, down to earth coach. He doesn't sugar coat anything."
Dickson attended Big Cat Weekend in May as well, getting a chance to see Auburn and hang out with some of the top recruits in the nation. There was one thing that seemed to standout about the Auburn program.
"They are all about family, they make you feel like you are at home," Dickson said.
The 6-foot-4, 250-pound prospect did admit that all three schools are very close to each other right now, and that all it would take is a good visit and a good vibe for another school to gain the lead or break into his top three.
"They are all pretty close right now," Dickson said. "If I take one visit and get familiar with the coaching staff another school could lead."
Even though Alabama, Auburn, and Georgia are currently Dickson's top three, he did say other schools could push their way into his top three with a good visit. Depth chart could play a key role for Dickson he said, admitting that all three schools atop his list have favorable depth charts.
But getting on the field is the goal for Dickson.
"I feel like if I go in and work hard, I'll be playing as a freshman," Dickson said.
Dickson may not be able to make it back to Auburn this summer, but says an official visit in the fall is a sure thing. Some schools that Dickson does plan to check out soon are Tennessee, Miami, Florida, and possibly Clemson.
The top rated defensive end currently plans to make his decision at the Under Armour All-American game in January.