Minnesota '21 NE DB - Avante Dickerson (Minnesota Verbal)

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    5'11''|160 lbs
    CLASS OF 2021

    Avante Dickerson is a 6-1, 170-pound Cornerback from Omaha, NE.

    Ohio State has offered.
     
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    Avante Dickerson receives an Ohio State offer
    Nebraska cornerback Avante Dickerson became another Ohio State camper to receive a Buckeye offer Tuesday. Rated as the No. 3 cornerback in the country by 247Sports, Dickerson announced his offer via Twitter.

    “The coaching staff is awesome,” Dickerson told Eleven Warriors on Tuesday. “For my first time being down there, it was amazing.”


    The No. 50 overall 2021 prospect has family in Sandusky, which drew him to watch Ohio State growing up and then eventually to Ohio State’s one-day camp Thursday, where his family was able to watch him play.

    Cornerbacks coach Jeff Hafley liked what he saw out of Dickerson and made the offer over the phone.

    Dickerson plays both sides of the ball for Westside High School in Omaha, Nebraska. His primary position is cornerback, where he has great anticipation and a blazing pursuit for the ball while it’s in the air, and his secondary position is running back, where he has breakaway speed and cuts on a dime.

    Dickerson said he will “for sure” come back to Ohio State for a game this season, but for the summer, he said he plans to hit the weight room hard and participate in the Deion Sanders Under Armour Prime 21 Camp on July 20.

    After offering Dickerson, Ohio State has now offered three of the top-five 2021 cornerbacks and four of the top-10.
     
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    DICKERSON A FIT FOR PRESS-MAN STYLE
    When Kerry Coombs finally, officially returned to Ohio State two weeks ago, he immediately hit the recruiting trail to meet with Cameron Martinez, Jakailin Johnson, Tony Grimes, Jordan Hancock and Andre Turrentine or their coaches.

    Coombs is making some major impressions on the trail already, picking up right where he left off. That’s no surprise. Coombs’ recruiting prowess is as well-known as his affinity for coffee and emitting endless energy.

    What’s not as set in stone, though, is how much the Buckeye cornerbacks will return to playing press man-to-man coverage as they did during Coombs’ first go-round as secondary coach. With Jeff Hafley in charge of the back end, Ohio State ran a mixture of man and zone concepts with a one-high safety look.

    Right now, Coombs says that zone mixture will continue. Having coached with the Tennessee Titans for two years, his defensive playbook has expanded and he said they played “every coverage there is” – three-deep, two-deep, quarters, Cover 0 man-to-man, you name it. Press-man coverage will be a significant part of what the Buckeyes want to do defensively, though.

    “Now, are we going to play press man-to-man? You bet your bottom dollar, we're going to play press man-to-man because we're going to be really good at it,” Coombs said on Wednesday. “We're gonna have the guys that can do it, and we're going to be really good at it. We're going to play three-deep single high a whole lot because that's what they've done here and been very successful. So there'll be some things, some additions – no reason for me to tell the world what they're going to be – but there will be some coverage additions to what we do. But our base is going to be single-high defense. That's what we're going to play.”

    If the Buckeyes do end up playing more press-man coverages in the future, that would probably mean a shift in who they target at cornerback in recruiting. Johnson, Grimes and Hancock – an under-the-radar star who will soon be a high-riser up the rankings – are three of Ohio State’s top targets, and that was made even more apparent by Coombs visiting them first when he got the job.

    Outside of those three, one of the other key targets at cornerback in the 2021 class is Avante Dickerson out of Westside High School in Nebraska.

    A 6-foot, 165-pound cornerback, Dickerson is ranked as the No. 8 cornerback in the country and amassed 21 tackles, 11 pass breakups and four interceptions during the 2019 season. He’s the No. 78-ranked overall player in America, and he’s ranked No. 1 in Nebraska.

    Dickerson told Eleven Warriors on Sunday that Ohio State sees him as a good fit in its program.

    “They see me as strictly a corner,” Dickerson said. “I would say I’m a fast, long corner that can play all over the field and willing to cover anyone. Physical also. I think press coverage is probably my best coverage, I like press more than anything else.”

    Dickerson was originally recruited by Jeff Hafley and had a good relationship with defensive quality control coach Matt Thurin. but now that both Hafley and Thurin are at Boston College, special teams coordinator/assistant secondary coach Matt Barnes has taken over as his lead recruiter.

    “Coach Barnes, I have a good relationship with,” Dickerson said. “He is a good person. He taught me just things about their program defenses and everything like that. He just talked to me (about) how they run everything – all there defensive calls and why they do certain things.”

    The next step for Dickerson will be to speak with Coombs and eventually meet him. They have not talked yet, which might be an indicator that Dickerson is lower on the board than Johnson, Grimes and Hancock – and perhaps Turrentine – since, again, those were the first corners Coombs visited when he only had 11 or 12 days left of the contact period by the time he was officially hired.

    The first time Dickerson meets Coombs in person could come in the next couple of months.

    “Next time I visit Ohio State will probably be a visit possibly in the spring,” said Dickerson, who received an offer after an Ohio State camp in June and whose only visit to campus since then came in late December when the vast majority of coaches and players were in Arizona for the College Football Playoff. “Not sure when and where yet, but I’m planning on taking some official visits in the spring and summer.”

    Dickerson trimmed his list to a top three of Ohio State, LSU and Nebraska in December, about a week-and-a-half prior to his unofficial visit to Columbus. (Though he did say soon after that he's open to other schools.) The Buckeyes, who have never signed a player from Nebraska in the modern recruiting era, will remain at the top of his list going forward.

    “Ohio State is DBU, and they (have) a lot of defensive backs in the NFL and that’s my goal to go to the NFL,” Dickerson said.

    Dickerson says he’s taking his time with his college commitment. He wants to make his decision, “before my senior season if I know (where I want to go), but if not, then I’m not gonna rush it.”
     
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    DICKERSON HASN'T HEARD FROM COOMBS
    About two weeks ago, we detailed for you the recruitment of Westside (Neb.) High School four-star cornerback Avante Dickerson and where Dickerson stands with the Buckeyes.

    The top-ranked player in the Cornhusker State’s 2021 class and No. 8-ranked junior cornerback in the nation – a top-90 recruit overall – had not yet talked to Kerry Coombs, which was an indicator that Dickerson was lower on Ohio State's board than other junior cornerbacks like Tony Grimes, Jakailin Johnson, Jordan Hancock and Andre Turrentine.

    Coombs and Dickerson have still not yet spoken.

    “He hasn't spoken to Coombs as of yet. Only (Matt) Barnes,” Westside head coach Brett Froendt told Eleven Warriors. “No OSU coach has been to Westside.”

    Meanwhile, the other two programs in Dickerson’s top three schools have been forming strong relationships with him. LSU coaches have visited Westside twice and Nebraska defensive backs coach Travis Fisher has formed a great relationship with Dickerson.

    Dickerson and Froendt have talked about what stands out about Ohio State and LSU.

    “(Their) reputation as top-tier programs and churning out NFL talent,” Froendt said when asked what the two have discussed about those programs. “But they have the best talent coming in, which in the end makes it more difficult getting on the field. He's aware of only one CB taken the last two recruiting classes – according to websites – for OSU so that's a plus.” (Ryan Watts, who is listed as a safety by 247Sports, is set to play cornerback along with Lejond Cavazos in Ohio State's recruiting class of 2020, and Cameron Martinez, listed as an athlete, could also end up at cornerback.)

    Froendt says “relationships with the coaching staffs are important to Avante,” but that “in the end, staying close to home is not a priority” for Dickerson.

    In the coming weeks and months, more information will become clear about Dickerson, Ohio State’s interest in him and where the dominoes are falling. Wherever he ends up, even if not in Columbus, Dickerson will bring plenty of talent.

    “Avante's skill set is purely at corner,” Froendt said. “Great hips, eyes and mobility. His discipline and ability to play different techniques makes him special. Although he has to keep working on his strength, he has no problem being physical.

    “He's a great kid. Humble, very coachable and admired by his teammates. Not only for his skill and gifts, but how he carries himself and supports his teammates. He's quiet, but he leads through one-on-one affirmations and support. None of the attention he has received has went to his head, and he spends no time talking about it around the team. Awesome kid.”
     
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