A week before Under the Lights, and Texas is already sizzling with momentum.
Navasota 4-star and record-setting wide receiver Tren’Davian Dickson has committed to Texas. Dickson, once pledged to Baylor, chose UT over Texas A&M, Baylor, Alabama, and USC.
Dickson, 6-foot-0, 170, set the national record for scoring receptions in 2014 with 39 touchdowns. He tallied 2,136 yards on 89 catches as a junior. Not bad for the young man from Navasota and a nice grab for new Texas WR skipper, Jay Norvell.
Quotes from Dickson:
On his commitment to Texas…
“For me it was about the future there. Coach Strong and Coach Norvell are great, and I fell like it’s a great place to be right now because they’re about to come up.”
On fitting into the Texas offense…
“I feel like I can be a big part of it. I think I can be a big-time playmaker for them.”
On Coach Norvell…
“We always talked about my development, and what he had in mind for me if I came there. I think he can definitely help my game. He’s coached some of the greats, and been through a lot, so I think he can help me be a better player.”
Here’s an excerpt from the Recruiting Notebook:
How does he fit at Texas: Dickson is the kind of kid that Dana Holgorsen would play out wide and then use to torment corners trying to cover him out wide. He’s all kinds of quick on timing routes with some double move skills and flypaper hands to bring it all together. Although he’s only around 6-foot-0, he’s the kind of player you can throw it up to because of said hands and because of his vertical leaping and body control in the air. He’s probably a Z receiver at Texas that stays out wide and works over opponents outside the hash marks. – Ian Boyd
Coach says: All the man does is catch touchdowns. I just call him him TD, because he is always getting into the end zone. He isn’t the biggest or the fastest guy you will see at the position, but he catches virtually everything thrown his way. Anytime you put up north of 2,000 yards receiving and crush the national record for touchdown grabs, you are doing something right. Go back and watch the state title game and you will see that this kid is a gamer. He’s great in routes, in and out of his cuts, good feet, and those hands. Man, those hands.
Dickson plans to enroll early at Texas. It’s unknown if he’ll be attending UTL on Saturday night at DKR. Dickson joins Collin Johnson (WR – Valley Christian (CA), Reggie Hemphill (WR – Manvel), Shane Buechele (QB – Arlington Lamar), Tope Imade (OL – West Mesquite) and DeMarco Boyd (ATH – Gilmer) in UT’s Class of 2016.